Good news comes in twos!

Opera for the Young’s touring cast will complete the in-school tour of Beauty and the Beast this Monday at Lodi Elementary. It’s sad to see this colorful production nearing its end, but exciting news from the NEA and the Ravinia Festival will help us get through it!

Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make a $20,000 award to Opera for the Young for our 2015-2016 tour of OFtY’s The Magic Flute. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round. NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from Opera for the Young represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”

But before we turn our focus to Flute, our production of Beauty and the Beast has been invited to perform for the Ravinia Festival’s Kids Concert Series! Join us at North American’s oldest music festival this summer on August 29th to celebrate this momentous accomplishment.

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