School Programming

The Gravenhurst Opera House is proud to offer quality programming for students that seeks to fulfill our mission to engage, educate and inspire youth!

Our goal is to provide students with at least four live performances throughout the school year that are curriculum based. Since starting the program in 2016, over 1,230 students ranging from kindergarten to grade 12 have enjoyed a rich array of engaging programming.

"The true purpose of arts education is not necessarily to create more professional dancers or artists. [It's] to create more complete human beings who are critical thinkers, who have curious minds, who can lead productive lives."
- Kelly Pollock

Thanks to the generosity of community supporters, we are able to keep the cost per student at a minimum and offer 1 free ticket per 10 students, for a teacher or a chaperone.

We look forward to starting an annual Shakespearean tradition this year by presenting Romeo & Juliet each fall for students in grades 9 to 12, and stay tuned for elementary school programming that will touch on a variety of topics for kindergarten to grade 8 students.

Photo of school buses lined up outside the Opera House

We are also proud to work with the Gravenhurst high-school drama class who over the last 2 years created their own live performances by developing a theme, writing the script and music, and creating the set and costume designs. Both Cinderella and Snow Way Out were successful productions. This partnership offers students an on stage and behind the scenes glimpse into theatre production in a professional performing arts facility. It also gives their audience members the enjoyment of watching creative young minds at work in a real theatre environment!

“If you take a child to the theatre, not only will they practice empathy, they might also laugh uproariously, or come home signing about science, or want to know more about history, or tell you what happened at school today, or spend all dinner discussing music, or learn how to handle conflict, or start becoming future patrons of the arts.”
– Lauren Gunderson

The Opera House is a historic landmark with a rich history that offers tours of the facility as well. We would love to host you and your students! 

Upcoming School Shows

 Stay tuned for news on upcoming in-theatre school shows!

Some of our past presentations include:

Tree Boy - Earth Day focused performance that included curriculum connections such as climate change, recycling, sustainability, advocacy, and self-awareness. Each class also received a ‘grow kit' to take back to school.
Brent and Sarah – An anti-bullying magic show that inspires and empowers students; anything is possible; believe in yourself, you're not alone.
Balloon Tree - A renaissance inspired fairy tale that displays team work, persistence, loyalty, loss, hope and more.
Jillian Jiggs - Based on the book A Treasury of Jillian Jiggs by Phoebe Gilman that teaches sharing, empathy, imagination and so much more.
Mistamim  - Mistamim vibrates with energetic freedom and thrilling eye-opening discovery.
The Paper Bag Princess: A Musical - A classic Robert Munsch story performed by To Be Determined Theatre co.
Weird: The Witches of Macbeth - A modern twist to the famous Shakespeare text adapted & performed by Theatre Arcturus.


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