OPAS in the Brazos Valley

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Bryan College Station is known for being a down-home Southern town with locals who are all about going out of their way to show hospitality. Home cooked meals, evenings spent out on the back porch, and walks through the green pastures are all part of this small town country life and evenings are often spent together with family around the house or in the back yard. But that doesn’t mean this community doesn’t enjoy getting dressed up for an evening out of performances by MSC OPAS (Opera and Performing Arts Society).

These elegant events are held in Rudder on the Texas A&M University Campus and offer a place of amusement for visitors and locals alike. OPAS was initiated as a student organization with the intent of serving the community by offering a variety of performances and serving students by granting them the performing arts program they needed. Theatre productions, music and dance programs inform and entertain the audience, exposing them to a night of fine arts not found elsewhere in the Brazos Valley. This contributes to enhancing students’ appreciation of the arts and results in a much more cultured city.

OPAS is internationally known for its performances by Yo Yo Ma, Les Miserables, Rent, and the world premiere of the Bolshoi-Grigorovich Ballet (covered by The New York Times). Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Color Purple, Beauty and the Beast and Mama Mia! have been performed at OPAS in seasons past. This season is filled with many hits that are straight off of Broadway. There is no longer a need to drive to Houston or some other large city for a dressed-up show. The hits are brought straight to you here in Bryan, College Station, eliminating the necessity to take up an entire night with driving to and from a big city and spending too much on gas money.
OPAS programs are funded entirely by revenue generated from ticket sales and contributions, so low ticket prices are a priority to encourage as many community members as possible to attend. The organization’s focus is not to make a profit, they instead focus on bringing the community together through their shows and through other activities. They offer musicals for families to attend accompanied by ice cream socials catered by Blue Bell, a great opportunity to get the whole family together for a night of fun. Family night doesn’t have to be routine. Change it up and try visiting an OPAS performance after a family dinner.
OPAS serves a wide audience from children who come to see the OPAS JR performances such as Charlotte’s Web and ImaginOcean, to seasoned veterans who have been participants for almost 40 years. Different events are offered to appeal to these different audiences. The array of performances range from Broadway, to Main Stage, to Intimate Gatherings to OPAS JR. While OPAS does offer high culture events for the individual who enjoys a fancy night out, they also provide performances such as Jeff Corwin from the Animal Planet and the Spaghetti Western Orchestra. There truly is something offered for everyone.
The real value of the performances comes after the entertaining show. A post performance reception is offered for viewers who are interested in interacting with the performers and asking them about their hometown, asking how they were introduced to performing and learning about their life. This personal interaction is where memories are made and stories exchanged. Socializing with the artists after the performance is an uncommon opportunity that you won’t want to miss out on.
The 40th season of OPAS is about to open and announce their list of performances. Don’t miss out on this wonderful community experience!Bryan College Station is known for being a down-home Southern town with locals who are all about going out of their way to show hospitality. Home cooked meals, evenings spent out on the back porch, and walks through the green pastures are all part of this small town country life and evenings are often spent together with family around the house or in the back yard. But that doesn’t mean this community doesn’t enjoy getting dressed up for an evening out of performances by MSC OPAS (Opera and Performing Arts Society).

These elegant events are held in Rudder on the Texas A&M University Campus and offer a place of amusement for visitors and locals alike. OPAS was initiated as a student organization with the intent of serving the community by offering a variety of performances and serving students by granting them the performing arts program they needed. Theatre productions, music and dance programs inform and entertain the audience, exposing them to a night of fine arts not found elsewhere in the Brazos Valley. This contributes to enhancing students’ appreciation of the arts and results in a much more cultured city.

OPAS is internationally known for its performances by Yo Yo Ma, Les Miserables, Rent, and the world premiere of the Bolshoi-Grigorovich Ballet (covered by The New York Times). Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Color Purple, Beauty and the Beast and Mama Mia! have been performed at OPAS in seasons past. This season is filled with many hits that are straight off of Broadway. There is no longer a need to drive to Houston or some other large city for a dressed-up show. The hits are brought straight to you here in Bryan, College Station, eliminating the necessity to take up an entire night with driving to and from a big city and spending too much on gas money.
OPAS programs are funded entirely by revenue generated from ticket sales and contributions, so low ticket prices are a priority to encourage as many community members as possible to attend. The organization’s focus is not to make a profit, they instead focus on bringing the community together through their shows and through other activities. They offer musicals for families to attend accompanied by ice cream socials catered by Blue Bell, a great opportunity to get the whole family together for a night of fun. Family night doesn’t have to be routine. Change it up and try visiting an OPAS performance after a family dinner.
OPAS serves a wide audience from children who come to see the OPAS JR performances such as Charlotte’s Web and ImaginOcean, to seasoned veterans who have been participants for almost 40 years. Different events are offered to appeal to these different audiences. The array of performances range from Broadway, to Main Stage, to Intimate Gatherings to OPAS JR. While OPAS does offer high culture events for the individual who enjoys a fancy night out, they also provide performances such as Jeff Corwin from the Animal Planet and the Spaghetti Western Orchestra. There truly is something offered for everyone.
The real value of the performances comes after the entertaining show. A post performance reception is offered for viewers who are interested in interacting with the performers and asking them about their hometown, asking how they were introduced to performing and learning about their life. This personal interaction is where memories are made and stories exchanged. Socializing with the artists after the performance is an uncommon opportunity that you won’t want to miss out on.
The 40th season of OPAS is about to open and announce their list of performances. Don’t miss out on this wonderful community experience!

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