Opera House Kicks Off Youth Curriculum Based Series

Posted on Monday January 25, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 25, 2016

Opera House Kicks Off Youth Curriculum Based Series

Introducing the Arts to a New Generation


GRAVENHURST, ON- Approximately 250 primary and junior grade students traveled from Huntsville to Gravenhurst on Wednesday, January 20th to see the first of what is hopefully just the beginning of the Gravenhurst Opera House’s focus on programming for school children.

New to 2016, the Opera House has introduced a curriculum based series that offers live performances to students in kindergarten to grade 12 with the to promise to Engage, Educate & Inspire.

The Town’s Manager of Arts and Culture, Krista Storey welcomed the audience and asked them to raise their hands if they had ever been in the 115 year old building before? Many of the children enthusiastically put up their hands.

"I love the noise of a theatre full of kids," said Storey beaming with pride. "I just love their comments and questions. They’re always priceless. We had such a great turnout for our first school show and so many of them had never been here before!"

The audience members were treated to ‘To Be Determined Theatre’s’ production of ‘Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’. Based on the book by Judith Viorst, the show deals with themes that lead directly back to school curriculum such as bullying, being misunderstood, resilience and as one little girl shouted out ‘perseverance’.

Storey’s belief is that by having children experience the arts in this way offers an alternative way of learning, it develops an appreciation for the arts and it allows youth to be interactive while they learn. She also points out that they’re being exposed to theatre etiquette and having the opportunity to be in a local, historic landmark.

As a thank you gift, the school was presented with two copies of the Opera House book, Stages Of Our Past for their library. "We are also developing future audiences which is really important to any theatre’s planning process," added Story.

In speaking with the teachers and the students as they returned back to their buses, we learned that they didn’t have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at all. In fact, they loved the show and look forward to returning soon.

The next school performance is Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra on Wednesday, February 17th at 1:00 pm. For more information on this programming and other upcoming shows at the Gravenhurst Opera House, please contact the Box Office at (705) 687-5550.


For more information, please contact:

Krista Storey

Manager of Arts and Culture

Gravenhurst Opera House