Portland Opera To Go Educational Outreach

by Portland Opera

Back by popular demand is Portland Opera To Go's production of La Boheme! This production is a wonderful adaptation of the Puccini opera that follows the lives of our bohemians. The story that inspired the hit musical Rent, La Boheme is a production that is aimed at slightly older students in the 7-12 grades. 

This production, like all of our productions, is appropriate for all ages and will tour all over the state of Oregon and SW Washington. A new location for us will be just over the border into California! We will, for the first time, be performing at a school in California...by request! 

Alexis is busily scheduling performances. Our warehouse is preparing the set for tour. Our costume shop is working diligently to ensure our costumes are all ready. The cast is cast, the set is set....On with the show!

We will begin rehearsals in early January 2014. Check back for updates on the tour and rehearsals.

Have a great fall!

Map of our hits!
Map of our hits!

The summer has come. The truck has been returned. The singers are off doing other gigs. This is POGO in the summer. Quiet, but that's relative. Our Education and Outreach Coordinator, Alexis Hamilton is hard at work booking for next season.

We will have a few return engagements. We always do. However, of the 18,157 we reached in 2013 with our 88 performances of The Magic Flute, 19 were new to our program in 2013 and an additional 15 had not participated the previous season. So, the need is there, the appetite doesn't seem to be going away. 

Below is a representative map of our 2013 tour. You will note, all 55 sites are not there, but how many pins can we really stick into Portland's economically depressed neighborhoods? You can see, however, that Portland Opera To Go covers all over the state of Oregon, and up into SW Washington. 

To do it, we spent $165,000 over the course of our 11 week tour. While the cost of all those performance, comes out to average $12.50 per child, we charge an average of $1.25 per student as this program was created to help where the budgets are the tightest. 

Thank you very much for your continuing support. Portland Opera will continue to be good stewards of your contributions. 

Sarastro (c) and the cast at the end of the show!
Sarastro (c) and the cast at the end of the show!

Portland Opera To Go has finished another wonderful tour. This year's The Magic Flute, by Mozart, was a wonderful success. Our intrepid band of musicians toured all over Oregon, and Soutwest Washington, from coast to coast and from North to South. We were everywhere from Vancouver, WA to Klamath Falls, OR, we were on the coast in Astoria, OR all the way to Ontario, OR. 

The group had a great time while playing to a total of over 18,000! POGO hit 55 venues over the 12 week tour and of those 19 had never gotten a POGO performance before. This production really focuses on the hero story in The Magic Flute of Tamino and his trials to win the freedom of his lady love. With Papagano at his side, our hero was successful in all of his trials and won the hand of Pamina. 

POGO's mission is to bring arts learning and performance to children and areas that don't have much access to this type of programming. This year they sure did! 63% of the schools we visited were Title 1 schools! 25% of the schools they went to were considered "very rural" with a population of less than 10,000 in the school district. About 1/2 of the schools were in and around the Portland Metro area and half were out and about in the rest of Oregon. 

Portland Opera To Go did well this year to fulfill the mission of bring the arts and music to as much of our state as we can in one season. We look forward to seeing you next year! Stay tuned for more on our upcoming tours!

Papagano enlists some help on his search.
Papagano enlists some help on his search.

The tour has begun. January 14, 2013 our intrepid singers have departed on their tour. Criss-crossing the state of Oregon and into SW Washington, our tour will reach all over the state and should reach about 20,000 during their travels.

We have a wonderful production of THE MAGIC FLUTE this year that was adapted by the director. She was working to make this script highlight the journey of our hero, Tamino. While keeping in the best and most recognizable tunes and characters, Kristine McIntyre has done a wonderful job again!

Stacy Murdock has returned to our ranks for his 9th season with POGO! Ainsley Soutiere as Pamina, Tour Manager Samm Hawkins, our amazing pianist David Saffert and Dru Rutledge as Papagena have also returned. We have some new faces as well. Welcome to our hero Anthony Ballard as Tamino, Claudia Chapa as 3rd Lady, Kevin Bertin as Sastro and Ksenia Popova as The Queen of the Night.

The enclosed picture is of our Papagano and one of our young audience members as Papagano searches for his Papagana. Stacy is always so engaging with our audiences, we are very fortunate to have him continue to return.

We will be having Public Performances here at the Hampton Opera Center on March 22 and 23rd!

Ainsley Soutiere, our Pamina and 4 year veteran of the program, will be writing the blog for us. She is both a wonderfully talented performer, and a delightful person! I do hope you will take a moment from time to time to hear about your generous gifts at work. I have posted the blog link below.


Audience in the Ira Keller Fountain at curtain.
Audience in the Ira Keller Fountain at curtain.

The benefit was a huge success! Portland Opera does a one-night concert each year. We call it our Big Night Concert and Street Fair. This season, it was on September 22, 2012. The festivities started at 5:00pm and we were going until 11:00pm! It is in support of our Portland Opera To Go program. This season, the amount raised was over $10,000 more than last year. While last year was our inaugural year, this year we really hit our stride. The event includes a concert, a gala celebration, and a free and open to the public street fair.


We saw about 1100 more people this year than we did last year. All of those people, well over 3000 of them in all, heard about the work that Portland Opera To Go does.  It is really wonderful to see the support for arts education that exists here in the city of Portland. So many people giving to help support arts education!


Below is a picture of the event at the Ira Keller Fountain in Downtown Portland filled with over 1100 of our closest new friends. They are waiting to see the 40 foot wide screen come to life at the concert is just about to begin. In true Portland Style, we had food carts to make sure everyone had plenty to eat. 


So you can see our short informational video as they saw it during the concert, the You Tube link that helps to really understand what POGO does is there as well.


Thank you for your time and attention.



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