Student Dress Rehearsals

experience the magic of live theatre at its best!

Presented especially for school groups and families, Student Dress Rehearsals are the ultimate opportunity for young arts lovers and newbies alike to experience the power of a live opera performance. Taking place inside the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Pensacola, our final dress rehearsal is a fully staged and costumed performance, featuring nationally renowned professional singers, a full orchestra, tailor made costumes, and more! See below for information about our Student Dress Rehearsal opportunities this season.

La bohème

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 | 7:00 PM

Originally premiered in Turin, Italy in 1896.

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission

Ages: Suggested for 3rd grade and up

One of opera’s most romantic stories makes a long-anticipated return to the Saenger stage. La bohème follows Mimì and Rodolfo from their first meeting to their final devastating moments, capturing their impassioned relationship through the lens of Giacomo Puccini’s masterful, lush orchestrations. From Musetta’s famous waltz, “Quando m’en vo,” to the rousing second act outside the Café Momus—featuring our wonderful Pensacola Opera Chorus—this beloved work features some of opera’s most hummable melodies.


Wednesday, March 15, 2023 | 7:00 PM

Originally premiered on Broadway in NYC, 1945.

Music by Richard Rodgers
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on Liliom, a play by Ferenc Molnár

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission

Ages: Suggested for 5th grade and up

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel changed the face of American musical theatre when it premiered on Broadway in 1945. Carousel barker Billy Bigelow falls for mill worker Julie Jordan—but when the unthinkable happens, Billy must answer for his actions and try to make things right. Closing our 40th Anniversary Season, this musical of operatic proportions comes to Pensacola in a visually stunning production from Virginia Opera and set designer Erhard Rom. Richard Rodgers’s timeless score is full of favorite tunes, including “If I Loved You,” “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Tickets & Information

Student Dress Rehearsal Ticket Pricing
$5 per student
$8 per chaperone*

Tickets may be purchased by calling the opera center at (850) 433-6737. As a reminder, our current COVID regulations require that all audience members wear a face covering throughout the performance.

For more information about Student Dress Rehearsals or any of our educational offerings, email Cody Martin, Music Director.

*Please note: at least one chaperone is required for every eight students.

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