Schmidt Opera Outreach Program

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2018 Show:

Little Red's Most Unusual Day
A One Act Opera For Children

Booking available September 24 - December 7, 2018
Contact Jaclyn Randazzo, 859-402-6946,
$600 for one performance, $950 for two performances
Download the Study Guide

Strangers! Every parent and teacher warns their children to beware of them. Children need be reminded of this warning almost daily because if they forget, the results can be devastating. 

The Schmidt Opera Outreach Program (SOOP) and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre proudly present a touring production of Little Red’s Most Unusual Day designed to address the issue of strangers and how parent’s and teacher’s warnings must always be heeded. In Little Red’s Most Unusual Day, the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, is transformed into a delightful children’s opera with music by Offenbach and Rossini and words and story adaptation by John Davies. Introduce your students to the world of opera and raise awareness of this most important issue. 

The Little Red’s Most Unusual Day study guide includes a wealth of information, lesson plans and activities to help maximize your student’s experience. The following areas in the Kentucky State core content are satisfied by a performance of Little Red’s Most Unusual Day: Visual Arts, Drama, Dance, Music, and Writing. 

2005 Pinocchio
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Our mission

  • To make the arts accessible to children of all ages.
  • To introduce students to the fundamental components of opera
  • To cultivate an understanding for and an appreciation of opera
  • To help students identify with fictional characters in human situations as a means of understanding themselves and others
  • To educate and entertain!
  • Who we are & What we do

  • Winner of the 2012-2013 KMEA Friend of Music Award

    Under the direction of Dr. Everett McCorvey, in 2003 the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and the Lexington Opera Society established an opera outreach and education program. Since 2007, under the new sponsorship of the William E. Schmidt Foundation, the arts have now become accessible to the children of Kentucky through the Schmidt Opera Outreach Program (SOOP). Using fairy tales, children's stories, and American history, along with the music of Mozart, Rossini, Offenbach, Rodriquez and Malcolm Fox, SOOP has introduced over 290,000 Kentucky students in more than 270 schools and 77 counties to the fundamental components, basic terminology and the glorious melodies of opera and traditional American music. We are building tomorrow's audiences and performers through this program.

    SOOP has performed shows for schools, theaters and libraries across the state. We have worked with community groups such as local women's clubs, arts councils and UK agriculture extension offices, all which help to provide funding and bring our show to their community.

    SOOP casts are made up young professional singers and an accompanist. The shows, suited for grades K-5, typically run about 40 minutes and we offer a Question and Answer session after every show. Before we arrive, each school is supplied with an extensive study guide to help prepare the students and teachers for the group's arrival. Tours generally run August-December and bookings begin in late spring.


Schools Where SOOP Has Performed