Outreach and Development
Center Stage Opera recognizes the impact the performing arts have for cultural enrichment in any life, young or old. Opera is the culmination of all art forms, bringing the union of voice, music, theater, dance, staging, foreign language and visual arts into one discipline.
CSO works with youths and students to develop their talents through a variety of engaging programs that inspire them for a life-long interest in opera. We interact with young children in simple, often hands-on programs, and continue with more advanced programs for young adults in their high school and college years. Curricula range from assembly productions and discussion groups, to career counseling, class instruction, master classes and internship opportunities.
Center Stage Opera is dedicated to fostering professional development for singers, instrumentalists, technicians, stage managers, make-up artists and costume designers. With mentorship and professional training programs for our apprentices, we offer expert guidance and firsthand experience for launching their career paths and building portfolios.
In-school, assembly-type performances, including recitals, master classes, and shortened productions (e.g. “Fun With Opera” variety show, and an 80’s high school version of “The Elixir of Love”).
Informal, in-class master classes for students with Center Stage Opera singers, instrumentalists, conductor, and stage director.
Improv Acting classes for students, conducted by Center Stage Opera Artistic Director and resident Stage Director, Dylan F. Thomas.
Internships – Apprenticing with CSO in various capacities, including: set building, stage management, chorus participation, publicity, etc.
Center Stage Opera values the senior community and we are dedicated to bringing stimulating and exhilarating opportunities for our seniors that keep them active, involved and energized. Our senior programs offer recitals, excursions, special events and volunteer opportunities that connect us with our vital senior community throughout the area.
If you would like more information about scheduling a CSO program for your school or retirement community, please contact:
Shira Renee Thomas, General Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 539-8817.