Met Chorus Artists (MCA) was thrilled to participate in the 2017 Lincoln Center Kids’ Halloween event. With the help of the Metropolitan Opera’s Education department, we were able to put together an exciting booth for this event overflowing with great literature about kid friendly operas, as well as information about the Met Chorus Artists and how we give back to our community. Armed with buckets upon buckets of candy, coloring pages and pencils, we were quite the attraction on the plaza. Over 250 families stopped by our booth and inquired about upcoming operas, learned about what MCA does within our community, and signed up to win tickets to a performance of Hansel and Gretel that took place during the Metropolitan Opera’s Open House Family Day on December 28th. The Storic Family, winners of the raffle, were extremely excited to attend the event and performance.
We ran into many fully costumed members of the Metropolitan Opera Family and their kids on the plaza. They were excited to see a Met Opera presence for this event. (Note: It was the very first time that the Met has participated!) Word spread around the opera house, and many departments of our Met Family are interested in joining us for next year. This means that we’ll be able to make our booth bigger and better, and it also means we’ll have more hands on deck for maximum candy distribution!
MCA is excited to add this to our list of annual events, and looks forward to getting more of our Met Family involved in such a fun, family-friend outreach opportunity. We hope to see you on the plaza next year!
Meredith Woodend has been a chorister with the Metropolitan Opera since 2013. Prior to that she worked in public relations and finance. She is currently the president of Met Chorus Artists, Inc., and is looking forward to giving back to the community that supports us through every production. She was adopted by a snuggly, toothless cat named Pico in 2011.