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Indianapolis Opera Education and Community Engagement

Indianapolis Opera Education and Community Engagement

A core mission of Indianapolis Opera is to provide educational opportunities for students of all ages. Each year, the Indianapolis Opera Resident Artist Program reaches 30,000 children and adults statewide each year, with additional performances in neighboring states. Our programs work to promote

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Children's Operas: "The Three Sillies" & "Tails of Cats and Mice"


Program description

The Indianapolis Opera Resident Artists present two children’s operas, The Three Sillies and Tails of Cats and Mice. These original operas by Matt Cooksey take traditional operatic music and set it to English lyrics that tell the story of various folk tales and fables.

Our fall opera, The Three Sillies, tells the quirky English folk tale of a gentleman who sets out on a quest to find three


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Program Detail

Program type: Field Trip, In-School Performance
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Music, Storytelling, Theatre
Cultural Origin: European
Subject: Fine Arts: Music, Fine Arts: Theatre, Language Arts, Social Emotional Learning
Population served: Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Students with Disabilities
Bilingual: No
Available times:

Day and evening times available

Space / technical requirements:

Enough space for 4 singers to move, with minimal set pieces, and a pianist. We can provide a keyboard if you do not have a piano at your location.


We can come to your school / library / community center, or you can travel to the Basile Opera Center on 4011 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, 46205 for a performance.

Fees / Ticketing:

Flexible pricing available. Base fee $550, travel fee added for venues more than one hour from Indianapolis. If you book multiple performances in one day, we offer a bundled price. Flexibility on the fee is available—just ask!


Connects to State (IDOE) and/or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
RV.2 – Vocabulary Building: Use strategies to determine and clarify words and understand their relationships
Anchor Standard 2 – Organize and develop artistic ideas and work: Theatre artists work to discover different ways of communicating meaning.
Anchor Standard 4 – Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation: Theatre artists make strong choices to effectively convey meaning.
Anchor Standard 6 – Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work: Theatre artists share and present stories, ideas, and envisioned worlds to explore the human experience.
Anchor Standard 7 – Perceive and analyze artistic work: Theatre artists reflect to understand the impact of drama processes and theatre experiences.
Anchor Standard 9 – Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work: Theatre artists apply criteria to investigate, explore, and assess drama and theatrical work.
Anchor Standard 11 – Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding: Theatre artists understand and can communicate their creative process as they analyze the way the world may be understood.
Anchor Standard 11 – Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding: Theatre artists critically inquire into the ways others have thought about and created drama processes and productions to inform their own work.
Anchor Standard 2 - Connect with a varied repertoire of music by exploring the relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
Anchor Standard 3 - Connect with a varied repertoire of music by exploring the relationships between music and history and culture.
Anchor Standard 5 - Listen and respond to a varied repertoire of music by describing, interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating music and its elemental components.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Connects to State (IDOE) and/or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes



  • Snippet of Hoosier Pigs (2019) from summer library performance

Cancellation Policy

24 hours notice


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