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Department of Music
Dept. 3037
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-5242
Fax: 307-766-5326
Email: musicdpt@uwyo.edu
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Opera in a Gym

Watch the theatrical trailer for our current production, "Can the Three Little Pigs Can Can?"

Opera in a Gym is a touring ensemble that 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, Opera in a Gym 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. Opera in a Gym operates under the auspices of the University of Wyoming’s Fine Arts Outreach Program.

Opera in a Gym 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 Opera in a Gym. The elementary school audience sits on the floor, assuring an intimate and energetic theatrical experience.

Opera in a Gym 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. The University of Wyoming’s Opera in a Gym is the only university-level, operatic outreach program to belong to TYA.

For more information, please contact Dr. Larry L. Hensel at (307) 766-6376 or at lhensel@uwyo.edu.


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Can the Three Little Pigs Can Can?

Can the Three Little Pigs Can Can?
The "Three Little Pigs" and their animal friends learn to work together to outsmart the Big Bad Wolf! Music by Jacques Offenbach.

The Brave, Brave Princess, or... Never, Never, Never Give Up!

The Brave, Brave, Princess
Faith, courage, and bravery! Music from operas by Jules Massenet.

The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare
This opera conveys the importance of eating healthy and exercise. Features music from operas by Joseph Haydn.

Current Opera in a Gym Production

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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