Arts & Education
The Waterville Opera House's Arts & Education programming consists of two different initiatives for wide range of children.
During the academic year, the Opera House offers a selection of performances that we believe will meet the curricular, financial, and scheduling needs of area classrooms and home-school groups. Ranging from adaptations of favorite children's books and interpretations of historical events to live-action science demonstrations and musical performances, these events are many students' first opportunity to experience live performing arts. We host over 4,000 children annually.
The Waterville Opera House presents sessions of theater camp during February and summer vacations from students in grades 1 through 8. During the summer, the Opera House collaborates with Missoula Children's Theatre, an internationally-recognized touring group, to present three weeks of camp. Each week concludes with a fully realized performance with scenery, costumes, and props. The February camp, organized by the Opera House, allows children a more hands-on opportunity; the week closes with the participants in a full performance, but they also learn about the theatrical process.
In a joyful environment, children move and sing, play simple percussion instruments, listen purposefully, and interact with each other. Activities support the development stages of children ages 1-4 years. Adults and children develop bonds through participation in class and repetition of songs and games at home.
The Waterville Opera House's Arts & Education programs are made possible by the generosity of the Borman Family Foundation, Inland Hospital, and Walter J. Simcock.