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Each year Portland Opera To Go takes an opera on the road, sharing the power of opera, music, and theater with schools and communities throughout Oregon and SW Washington. It’s not necessarily the easiest thing in the world, as you might imagine. But it’s one of the most rewarding . . . for us and for the thousands upon thousands of students who get to experience live opera, many for the first time.

And this blog will give you a first-hand view from the performers themselves of what it’s like when Opera hits the road!


Here’s a link to more information on the tour and the program.

FROM THE TOUR: All I Need to Know about being on tour I learned from Kindergarten.

This is my first time being on tour and I mean really on tour, out of town for a week at a time on tour.  I wasn’t sure I knew how to be on tour.  After spending some time with many different Kindergarten classes before the performances I began to realize that all I needed to know about being on tour I had learned in Kindergarten.


Rule number one, share everything.  This rule was easy!  After week one we had all passed around a cold of some form.  Once we hit the road Sarah and Wendy learned how to share their costumes.  I shared all my tissue, gum, tic-tacs, and ibuprophen. Oh, and we all had to share hotel rooms.


#2 Don’t hit people.  I must have missed this day in Kindergarten.  During the fight over the hat I almost hit Wendy in the eye.  I scratched Wendy’s arm during one show.  Sarah hit me in the face once when I was trying to get past her to the prince.  Stacey loves to hit whoever is playing Tisbe with a pillow.  Maybe we all missed this lesson.


#3 Clean up your own mess.  I use to try to pick up all the feathers my boa would leave on gym floors, but after a while I just gave up and picked up everyone’s empty water bottles.


#4 Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.  I can’t count the number of times “I’m sorry” gets whispered back stage during the show because someone has ignored the “don’t hit people” rule.


#5 Wash your hands before you eat.  We have all learned to wash our hands or use hand sanitizer after giving high fives and shaking kids’ hands.  I think we have finally gotten rid of the sickness that we have been sharing!


#6 Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.  We never turn down baked goods.  We had a teacher in Grass Valley make us yummy banana bread.  Sarah is always making or buying us cookies.  For the triple birthday celebration I made everyone carrot cake cupcakes.  When you are on the road sweets seem to make it all better.


#7 Take a nap every afternoon.  The guys have this one covered; one of them is always taking a nap on the set bed before the show or in between shows.


#8 When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.  Travelling in a group of nine we have learned this lesson well.  We tend to stick together for meals and never seem too sick of one another that we wouldn’t be up for a game of Apples to Apples once the work day is over.


Goes to show everything you DO need to know you learned in Kindergarten!


By Jessica Vit Anderson