VTA's Mid-Day Arts Cafe to Feature DPAA's CARMEN

VTA's Mid-Day Arts Cafe to Feature DPAA's CARMEN

Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) presents the popular lunchtime arts preview series, Mid-Day Arts Café, on Tuesday, May 16th in the Wintergarden, located inside the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. May features Dayton Opera & Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPAA), under the artistic direction of Tom Bankston and Neal Gittleman, and showcases selections Dayton Opera's production of Bizet's CARMEN, which will be performed May 19th and 21st at the Schuster Center. Tickets for Mid-Day Arts Café can be purchased at www.TicketCenterstage.com or by calling 937-228-3630 or 888-228-3630.

Each Mid-Day Arts Café begins with a delicious boxed lunch provided by Citilites at the Schuster Center at 11:30 a.m., with the presentation starting promptly at noon. Audiences will enjoy a panel discussion with Tom Bankston, Artistic Director of Dayton Opera, Neal Gittleman, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (and conductor of CARMEN), and Fenlon Lamb, Stage Director of CARMEN. After the discussion, two members of Dayton Opera's Artist-in-Residence program will perform excerpts from CARMEN. The event will end with a raffle and a chance to win two tickets to CARMEN!

Lunch options for Mid-Day Arts Café, provided by Citilites at the Schuster Center include: turkey on ciabatta; curry chicken salad on croissant; Mediterranean trio (gluten free/vegan); kale chicken Caesar salad; and kale Caesar salad.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with the event starting promptly at noon in order to conclude by 1 p.m. For more information on the 2016-2017 Mid-Day Arts Café season, please visit www.victoriatheatre.com.

Tickets are $15 each or $12 for current VTA Season Ticket Holders and includes a complete box lunch provided by Citilites at the Schuster Center and discounted parking in The Arts Garage, located on the corner of Second St. and Ludlow. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Order online at www.TicketCenterStage.com or call Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630.

Mid-Day Arts Café is a series presented by Victoria Theatre Association offering a variety of performances from locAl Dayton arts groups. In cooperation with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra), Muse Machine, Stivers Dance Ensemble, the University of Dayton Department of Theatre and DCDC, Mid-Day Arts Café offers the chance to network with area arts lovers, view sneak peeks of upcoming performances, and get out of the office for an enjoyable lunch time!

Victoria Theatre Association is one of Dayton's premier arts organizations, presenting the Premier Health Broadway Series, the Morris Family Series, the Cool Films Series, the Projects Unlimited Star Attractions, National Geographic Live Series, and The Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series, which features curriculum-enhanced live theatre productions for school children. In addition to the performances it presents, Victoria Theatre Association also manages the historic Victoria Theatre, the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, and the Metropolitan Arts Center, which houses The Loft Theatre. Victoria Theatre Association receives funding from a variety of diverse public, corporate, individual and private sources, including the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District and the Ohio Arts Council. The Ohio Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts helped fund this program or organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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