The Alta & John Franks Foundation Shreveport Opera Xpress (SOX) program is the
educational and outreach touring program of Shreveport Opera. It is the only program of its kind in the state of Louisiana! The Alta & John Franks
Foundation SOX program brings opera directly to schools throughout Louisiana as well as in East Texas and South Arkansas.
Through SOX, Shreveport Opera works to fulfill its mission to provide
educational programming and outreach to children, youth and adults in the
Ark-La-Tex region; SOX reaches new audiences and makes opera accessible to
everyone regardless of socioeconomic, racial, geographic, or any other
factors. This is its 16th season!
SOX resident artists for the 2015-2016 season are: Suzanne Grogan, soprano; Gillian Cotter, mezzo-soprano; John Riesen, tenor;
Dan Ewart, baritone; and Neill Campbell, pianist.
This season, The Alta & John Franks Foundation SOX program is presenting:
- Stop, Bully! – a world-premiere, 45-minute opera for children in grades Pre-K - 5th. Children will learn the important lessons of acceptance, individuality, and
inclusiveness while engaging them to dialogue, be a part of the solution and
commit to a Bully-Free School.
- Leo the Lyin’ Lion – a world-premiere, 45-minute opera for children in grades Pre-K-5th. Children will learn the important lessons of honesty, trustworthiness and
- Operatizers – a 45-minute concert of Opera arias and Broadway show tunes designed to expose
middle and high school students and adult audiences to opera and musical
To schedule a performance, to receive a study guide, or for more information,
please call Amanda Gouthiere, Executive Director, at (318) 227-9503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.