Middle and High School Education

Our 2014 educational program for primary and secondary school students is built along with a new production of Lukas Foss' 1949 opera, The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. The opera is based on the beloved short story by Mark Twain.

Jumping Frog

This production offers a superb introductory opera for young audiences and a natural vehicle for cross-curricular exploration of art, literature, and American history The student performances took place at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks on February 26, 27, and 28, 2014. The opera will then be revived as part of the company’s summer festival offerings in July 2014, with a performance each Saturday of the festival at 11:00 am. Don't miss this great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy opera together!

SummerFest performances are scheduled for:

  • Saturday 12 July at 11:00 am
  • Saturday 19 July at 11:00 am
  • Saturday 26 July at 11:00 am

$10 Adults
$5 for students and children
Groups of 8 or more save 10%


Read more about the North Hills School District's participation in The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County educational program. 


The Education Program is comprised of the following elements:

Teacher’s Study Guide

Opera Theater has created a study guide for teachers, offering suggestions and information for cross-curricular exploration of the themes and material touched on in The Jumping Frog, including art, literature, American history, and folk legends of the Gold Rush era. Download the study guide [PDF, 7.2 MB]

Elementary, Middle, and High School Workshops

Opera Theater provides elementary, middle, and high schools with classroom visits prior to the production, presenting excerpts of the work with a singer and pianist to students.

Student Matinee Performances

Free student matinees take place at 9:30 and 11:00 am, Wednesday through Friday, February 26, 27, and 28. Prior to the performances the director gives a talk to students, and the performance is be followed by a Q&A session with the artists.

For more information, please call Yvonne Hudson or Dennis Robinson, Jr. at 412-621-1499, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..