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Opera in a Gym|Ensembles

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Department of Music
Department 3037
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-5242
Fax: 307-766-5326
Department of Music
Main Office
Fine Arts 258
Laramie, WY

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Watch our Theatrical Trailer for our Current Production,

"Can the Three Little Pigs Can Can?" --on YouTube!

Opera in a Gym . . . 

is a touring ensemble, which presents a forty-minute opera especially composed, written or adapted for young audiences (elementary grades K-5).  Our mission is to provide an imaginative musical and theatrical experience through innovative storytelling and beautiful singing for elementary school audiences. Since its inception in 2006, OIAG has performed for over 4,500 children throughout Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota.

Opera in a Gym is always free to the hosting school.  We tour to all communities, regardless of size or economical status, and we specialize in traveling to small, rural schools.  OIAG operates under the auspices of UW’s Fine Arts Outreach Program.  

OIAG performs their productions in the hosting school’s gym.  The ensemble travels with a folding ten-piece flat that assembles quickly and is painted to depict the setting of the story.  Singers are attired in dynamic costumes, and since the opera is in a gym setting, all characters wear Converse high tops, the official shoe of OIAG.  The elementary school audience sits on the floor, assuring an intimate and energetic theatrical experience. 

OIAG is a member of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA).  TYA is a national service organization whose mission it to promote the power of professional theatre for young audiences through excellence, collaboration and innovation across cultural boundaries.  UW’s OIAG is the only university-level, operatic outreach program to belong to TYA.  

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Larry L. Hensel

Founder and Director, Opera in a Gym


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Opera in a Gym in Performance!

Current Production:  "Can the Three Little Pigs Can Can?"
Cast member Sarah Kornkven as Mrs. B.B. Wolf in "Can the Three Little Pigs Can Can?" Featuring the music of Jacques Offenbach. Our current touring production!

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