Pittsburgh Opera's Bravo Academy Offers Immersive Summer Programs for Middle Schoolers

Pittsburgh Opera's Bravo Academy offers two weeklong summer programs for rising 6th-9th graders, exploring performance aspects like singing, costume, and scenic design. The program, running July 15-19 and July 22-26, costs $200/week with payment plans and scholarships available.

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Pittsburgh Opera's Bravo Academy Offers Immersive Summer Programs for Middle Schoolers

Pittsburgh Opera's Bravo Academy Offers Immersive Summer Programs for Middle Schoolers

The Pittsburgh Opera's Bravo Academy is offering two weeklong summer programs for rising 6th-9th graders, providing a unique opportunity to explore various aspects of performance. The sessions, running from July 15-19 and July 22-26, will be held at the Pittsburgh Opera's headquarters, the Bitz Opera Factory in the Strip District.

The Bravo Academy summer program is designed to offer a comprehensive experience in the performing arts. Rebekah Diaz, director of community engagement and IDEA initiatives at Pittsburgh Opera, stated,"We want to make sure that all the kids involved would see what happens on the other side of the stage. "Participants will notonly focus on singing but also delve into costume, lighting, and scenic design.

The program accommodates students of various skill levels, with professionals tailoring the experience to each individual's needs. Classes will be taught by experts who work with the Pittsburgh Opera, ensuring a high-quality learning experience. The camp will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each weekday.

Registration for the Bravo Academy summer program is open, with the cost set at $200 for one week and $360 for students attending both weeks. To make the program accessible to all, payment plans and scholarships are available. Interested students can sign up at pittsburghopera.org/education/bravo-academy.

On the last day of each week, Bravo Academy will hold a showcase where participants can display their creations, including physical objects like props and set dioramas, followed by a performance. Families are welcome to attend, and the showcases will also be live-streamed.

The Pittsburgh Opera's Bravo Academy summer program offers middle school students a unique opportunity to explore the world of performance, develop their creative skills, and gain hands-on experience in various aspects of the performing arts. With its focus on inclusivity and accessibility, the program aims to inspire and nurture the next generation of artists and performers.