Company of the Highlands – Reaching Out
to Local Schools
is a unique art form with something for everyone,
especially those interested in theatre arts, and
it presents some of the finest music ever written.
But many young audiences have little exposure
to opera. While performing for general audiences
throughout the Hudson Valley, we are also
relationships with local school districts in the
To launch this opera education initiative, we
invited middle and high school students from
several local school districts to enjoy two dress
rehearsal performances of our debut production,
Fledermaus. This operetta was ideal for introducing
young people to opera, with a highly entertaining
comic plot and exquisite music, all performed
in English. We will expand educational outreach
in our 2006 season, inviting young people to
Daughter of the Regiment (another humor-filled
opera performance in English), La Bohème
(arguably the most beloved of all operas), and
our youth summer opera.
Welcoming students into our dress rehearsals
exposes them not only to wonderful performances,
but also brings them directly into the exciting
inner workings of opera production from stage
direction and acting to costuming, set design
and musical accompaniment.
We believe that introducing children to professional
opera stimulates their interest in the art form
– both as listeners and performers –
and helps to secure adult audiences for the future.
To find out more about school performances,
here. You can e-mail us at [email protected]
for inquiries and interest.
Teachers and students applaud 2004 production
of The Marriage of Figaro and 2003 performance
of The Magic Flute.
“People any age will be able to follow
and enjoy this performance. Its length was perfect
for school aged children. They learned a lot.
I know I will return next year!”
Peggy Guyett, 6-8th Grade Language Arts
“Claudia, most students really enjoyed
the opera. It was a great choice for students
that age (high school)… Thanks for the
wonderful and accessible opportunity to introduce
Newburgh kids to opera.”
Rachel Merrill, Newburgh Free Academy
“Students and teachers were thrilled
with the professional quality of Festival Theatre’s
The Magic Flute. The intimate setting and talented
performers brought the story to life.”
Karen Bresnan, Music, and Cynthia Forrest,
Art, Garrison Union Free Academy