New Orleans Opera Association Presents 2nd Annual ‘Jobs Off The Stage’ Career Day Event 

Free event for youth to explore various behind-the-scenes roles needed to produce an opera 

MEDIA CONTACT: Mariah Forde,, 240-506-7789  DATE: May 11, 2023

Gonzales, LA – The New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA)’s Jobs Off The Stage Career Day event returns on Saturday, June 3, 2023, from 10 AM – 1 PM at Ascension Parish Library (APL) in Gonzales, LA. Students in grades K-12 are invited to hear from artisans and technicians about the many behind-the-scenes jobs required to successfully produce an opera. NOOA aims to inspire the next generation to explore the world of opera through student-centered concerts and free educational programming. For more information, visit This event is free and no RSVP is required.

“Opera requires so many skills and talents, and often times, people don’t know the communal effort it takes behind the scenes to make it happen,” says NOOA’s Director of Community Engagement and Education Dr. Tara Melvin. “With events like these, New Orleans Opera can shine a light on the ways that everyone can put their skills to use and contribute to the art form, whether on the stage or off.”

“This partnership with NOOA is more than a chance to spotlight new career paths for our youth. The library’s commitment to literacy and lifelong learning is how we help with career development and community connection,” said APL’s Youth Services Librarian, Alicia Schwarzenbach. “We don’t want people to think libraries are only for reading. We are a place where people of all ages can learn new skills and hobbies that can lead to a career path.”

The New Orleans Opera is the largest arts employer in Louisiana during its production season – employing more than 400 skilled laborers for each production. Jobs Off The Stage highlights these uncommonly known positions with live talks and demonstrations by the technicians who hold these roles. These positions include stage management, scenery, sound production, makeup, and more.

Ascension Parish Library (APL) is an award-winning library system committed to providing opportunities for lifelong learning to all ages. APL delivers needed resources through traditional library services, digital materials, and innovative programs. Ascension Parish Library encourages residents to read, learn, and create by visiting their local library. To learn more, visit

New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA), which begins its 81st season on July 1, 2023, is committed to enriching the lives of all people by producing operas of the highest artistic quality and providing educational opportunities through traditional and innovative approaches. NOOA aspires to connect people to the arts and each other through the joy of opera. For more information, see or call the Box Office at (504) 529-3000.

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