Popcorn & Pasquale
The Second City Guide to the
If you're like most parents, you probably haven't
considered a night at the opera for your next family outing. But
the Lyric Opera of Chicago wants to change your mind about
On Dec. 2, Lyric is hosting "Popcorn &
Pasquale," its first family event for kids 5-12 and their
"I'd love to encourage people to give us a try, and
Popcorn & Pasquale is the perfect opportunity to find out what
opera's all about," says Anthony Freud, general director for
the Lyric Opera. "What I'm really excited about is that the event
gives them not only a taste, but the real thing."
The 70-minute show will be the fully staged Don Pasquale
opera in the opera house, complete with the cast, costumes,
orchestra and set. But the performance will be an abridged version,
narrated by Chicago actor Ross Lehman.
"It's going to be a guided tour," Freud says. "Ross
will talk to the audience about what the singers do, what the
technicians do, and really introduce them to the experience of
opera in all sorts of ways."
The family event is part of the new Lyric Unlimited
program to reach new audiences, Freud says. "I'm very passionate
about ensuring that the cultural service Lyric provides is as broad
and deep as possible. I want us to work tirelessly to reach new
audiences, new ages, new people from different walks of
Lyric also has collaborated with another Chicago cultural
institution-Second City-to create "The Second City Guide to the
Opera," a show Freud says could make a great date night for
"It's an unexpected partnership," he says. "It's
going to catch people's imaginations. It's very humorous,
irreverent, but also meaningful. Hopefully it will introduce people
to the art form, entertain, and make them laugh at the same
For more information and to buy tickets, visit lyricopera.org.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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