City Opera House

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The primary goal of the City Opera House Education Programs is to connect learners of all ages to the performing arts by offering a range of programs suited to a variety of learner needs. In so doing, it is our hope that participants of every age will find for themselves that participation in the arts enriches, enhances and broadens one's life.


MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity

A unique partnership with Wharton Center's MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity allows City Opera House to integrate the performing arts and academics through participatory, lifelong learning programs. By providing a nurturing environment to engage in the creative process and discover the fundamental value of the performing arts, these programs do more than simply entertain; they also educate, engage and inspire.

Artist residencies serve as a cornerstone of arts education efforts. An artist-in-residence is a professional performer with a dual role as a "teaching artist." During a multi-day stay in our community, an artist-in-residence shares his or her expertise and insights on creativity during close interaction with youth and adult learners.

Programs are presented in close collaboration with select Northwest Michigan arts organizations and local educators to ensure they meet the needs of the community. Innovative programs such as Take It From The Top, a series of interactive musical theater workshops taught by working Broadway professionals, and the annual artist residency with the internationally acclaimed Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, help build vital life skills such as creativity, self-esteem, teamwork and more, while also connecting to core curriculum for area students.

Take It From The Top

Take It From The Top is a series of interactive workshops taught by working Broadway professionals who have a passion for providing training and perspective for students interested in pursuing a professional career in musical theatre as well as those just looking to have fun with performing arts.

Young Playwrights Festival

Michigan high school students are invited to write and submit one-act scripts to a juried competition.

Support Arts Education

Do you have a heart for children and the arts? Help us keep Arts at the Heart for regional youth with continued arts education programs and family entertainment at your City Opera House.

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