Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St., Dallas
Part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District
Box office: 214/880-0202
Hours:Varies by performance.
Admission:Dallas Opera children’s performances are $5.Beauty and the Beasttickets start at $30.
Parking:$15 self-parking and $25 valet parking for underground lots beneath the Winspear Opera House and the Dallas City Performance Hall. Additional lots are available throughout the Dallas Arts District.
Shortly before curtain time at the Winspear Opera House, the coolest night-light your kids have ever seen disappears into the ceiling. A chandelier made up of hundreds of glowing LED rods, some as long as 40 feet, slowly retracts upward, leaving only the tips visible in a starry sky-like view. This scene is only a complement to the Winspear’s elegantly designed performance hall where several kid-friendly shows take the stage this month including the new Broadway production ofBeauty and the Beast.
Belle, Gaston and a chorus line of twirling teacups and feather dusters from the Disney favorite will belt out songs live from the stage April 15–27. Plus, the Dallas Opera wraps up its family series with two shows:Jack and the Beanstalkon April 5 andElixir of Love, about a rather ineffective love potion, on April 12. The Dallas Opera Orchestra provides a live soundtrack from the orchestra pit for both one-act operas, which at about 45 minutes are just short enough for the 5 and under crowd.
Park your stroller behind the information kiosk and pick up a booster seat from an usher for a better view from any of the 2,200 seats. Make sure to arrive early for the kids’ crafts and activities in the lobby 90 minutes before the show. In an instrument petting zoo, a handful of musicians demonstrate how to hold orchestra instruments, letting curious kids blow into mouthpieces and draw a bow across violin strings. Rummage through the rack of kid-sized costumes, like Carmen’s flamenco dress, and walk the red carpet like a real prima donna.
Published April 2014