Youth and Family Programs

Storytelling with Purpose.

Reaching approximately 20,000 people per year in schools, community centers and performance venues, Kentucky Opera’s youth and family programs extend the company’s civic impact by providing a relevant cultural service to educators, young people, and families. These programs are designed to provide powerful artistic experiences that resonate with children of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, and interests; engage transferrable learning and skills found within the arts; inspire creative expression and exploration for children, educators, and families; and utilize the arts as a powerful agent of change to build community with equity, compassion, and a place of belonging among people from all walks of life.

Bravo Time

Smiling children gathered around an adult reading an open storybook.

Preschool - Grade 2

This 30-minute storybook program for children in preschool through grade 2 and their caregivers fosters early literacy building blocks through the arts. Keeping playful exploration at the heart of learning, children will explore storybooks and storytelling with singing, dramatic play, musical creation, and creative expression. Classes are presented by professionally trained teaching artists. Bravo Time can also be adapted to fit the classroom at preschools, elementary schools & childcare centers across the city.

Please contact Lorie Williamson, Director of Programs & Partnerships at for more information.

Bravo Time Summer Schedule

Wednesday, June 8, 10am - Main Library, 301 York Street

Wednesday, June 15, 11am - Southwest Regional Library, 9725 Dixie Highway

Wednesday, June 22, 11:15am - South Central Regional Library, 7300 Jefferson Boulevard

Wednesday, June 29, 10:15am - Iroquois Library, 601 W. Woodlawn Avenue

Wednesday, July 6, 11am - Portland Library, 3305 Northwestern Parkway

Monday, July 18, 6pm - Western Library, 604 South Tenth Street

Wednesday, July 27, 11:30am - Fairdale Library, 10620 W. Manslick Road

Wednesday, August 3, 10:30am - Shawnee, 3912 West Broadway

All summer Bravo Time sessions are free and open to the public.

Youth Opera Project

A group of children onstage in the 2019 Kentucky Opera production of Carmen
Carmen, 2019. Photo by Brymer Photography

Ages 8-18

Meet new friends, sing, dance, laugh and have fun! Kentucky Opera’s Youth Opera Project provides a safe and accepting environment that fosters self-expression, self-confidence, and the lifelong skill of supporting others. Youth ages 8-18 will learn tips from professional teaching artists in singing, acting, stage movement, and audition preparation in addition to becoming one of Kentucky Opera’s performing members in mainstage productions and other public opportunities.

Please click here for more information on Youth Opera Project.

In School Opera Tour

A performance of Cinderella en EspaƱa
Cinderella en España, 2019

Elementary Schools

Each year, Kentucky Opera tours elementary schools with a fully staged, sung performance designed to delight the eyes, ears, and mind. Staged in gyms, all-purpose rooms, and cafeterias throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana, these shows are performed in English and selected specifically for ages K-5. Enhancement materials are shared in advance of each performance to help each classroom teacher connect the performance to the classroom curriculum.

Please contact Lorie Williamson, Director of Programs & Partnerships at for more information.


Group of smiling students seated in a theater. Photo by Patrick L. Pfister.
Photo by Patrick L. Pfister

Grades 7-12

From electrical and carpentry to musical performance, acting, and visual design, there are many ways to appreciate and participate in the theatre arts. This is your guided experience of the backstage. Visit rehearsals, tour the scene shop, or explore the costume workshop to see our handcrafted collection. Customized experiences can be tailored to your youth group or classroom of 10 to 30 students.

Please contact Lorie Williamson, Director of Programs & Partnerships at for more information.


Kentucky Opera is committed to eliminating any and all barriers to participation in the arts for everyone. With gratitude to our patrons and sponsors, Kentucky Opera is dedicated to welcoming the participation of everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Each of our programs is offered at a lowered, subsidized cost, and additional financial assistance is always available.

Please contact Lorie Williamson, Director of Programs & Partnerships at for more information.

Thank you to our Youth Program sponsors!

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