The Inland Northwest Opera (formerly Opera Coeur d’Alene) knows that in order to create the opera lovers of tomorrow, you need to reach out and show people young and old the wonders of the art form. To that end, they’re taking their show on the road — specifically, a production of Seymour Barab’s The Toy Shop — to three venues for free shows. The Toy Shop is about a toymaker and two of his mechanical dolls who wish they were real, and a magician who wants to steal the dolls away. The free shows are Sunday, May 19, at 4 pm at First Presbytrian Church (521 Lakeside Ave.) in Coeur d’Alene; Tuesday, May 21, at 1 pm at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library (702 E. Front Ave.) and Saturday, June 1, at 3 pm at the West Central Community Center (1603 N. Belt St.) in Spokane.
May 19, May 21 and June 1 • Times and locations vary (see above) • inlandnwopera.com • 800-418-1485
— Dan Nailen