Backstage at San Francisco Opera > November 2013 > 2nd Annual Community Open House
2nd Annual Community Open House
On Saturday, November 9, we hosted our 2nd free Community Open House, featuring fun events and activities for all ages. It's such a joy to open the doors of the beautiful War Memorial Opera House to droves of people who may have never even been inside before. The 2013 Open House included many diverse presentations and opportunities to connect with opera in new ways, including onstage musical demonstrations; sing-alongs with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows; stage combat workshops; costume, wig and makeup demonstrations; a costume photo booth; an opportunity to meet San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley; and family activities throughout the opera house lobbies including a scavenger hunt, prop-making, costume crafts, and more, with workshops designed for both adults and families. 

Making party hats like those featured in this season's Mefistopheles

Sing along with Adler Fellow Jacqueline Piccolino 

Cellist Emil Miland chats with a new opera fan

Fight Director Dave Maier demonstrates his fencing skills

A young fan gets a boost to look at the action onstage

Young opera lovers participate in a workshop

Assistant Costume Director Christopher Verdosci shares some treasures with young opera fans

A young opera fan is eager for the doors to open

Stage Combat demonstration by Fight Director Dave Maier
All photos by Kristen Loken.
Posted: 11/18/2013 2:39:21 PM by San Francisco Opera
Filed under: 2013-14Season, children, chorus, costumes, DavidGockley, education, makeup, music, orchestra, production, SFOHistory, singer, Socialmedia


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