Opera toy drive, theater discount for veterans

November 11, 2011.By Kathy Berdan, Pioneer Press.

During the Minnesota Opera's run of the new opera "Silent Night," which is based on the Christmas Eve truce of 1914, the opera is asking audience members to help support military families by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to a performance at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

"Silent Night" runs Saturday through Nov. 20. For more info on the toy drive, go to mnopera.org/toys4military kids or call 612-342-9565.

Theater Latte Da and the chorus Cantus are performing "All Is Calm" at Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis. It's based on the same World War I event as the Minnesota Opera's "Silent Night," and veterans can get a special discount.

"All Is Calm" runs Dec. 15-18. Ask for special military pricing when ordering tickets at 800-982-2787 or HennepinTheatreTrust.org.