- M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park
- Show Boat
- Saturday, May 18, 2013
- Gates open at 5 p.m. for "pregame" activities!
- Opera begins at 7 p.m.
Join Washington National Opera for M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park!
Celebrate the fifth year of free live opera broadcasts at the ballpark with Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's American masterpiece Show Boat on Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Arrive early to Nationals Park to enjoy entertainment and activities including:
- Dance demonstrations by Gottaswing
- A meet and greet with M&M'S® Ms. Brown
- Photo opportunities for kids of all ages with the living statue of Babe Ruth (back by popular demand!)
- A special costume trunk where kids can play dress up using a wide variety of costumes and accessories
- Face painting by theatrical makeup artists
- A screening of the Warner Bros. cartoon "What's Opera, Doc?," starring Bugs Bunny and his nemesis Elmer Fudd
- Chances to win prizes, including tickets to Kennedy Center performances
- And more!
M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield will take place rain or shine!
Registration is now closed. M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield is free and open to the public; registration is not required for admission. Seating in the stands will be available for walk-ins at the event. See below for information on outfield seating.
Seating in the Outfield
Due to the popularity of M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield, patrons wishing to sit in the outfield will be required to pick up a wristband when they enter Nationals Park. The wristbands will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be distributed at a table to the left of Center Field Plaza when the gates open at 5 p.m.
- Wristbands are free and the only way to gain access to outfield seating
- Wristbands will be distributed at a table to the left of Center Field Plaza near the Family Picnic Area (at sections 141-143). There will be signs to guide you to the table and to the field entrances.
- Distribution of wristbands will begin promptly at 5 p.m. when the park gates open.
- Seating is limited, so the wristbands will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. You must be present to receive a wristband; one (1) wristband per person.
- Once all of the available wristbands have been claimed, an announcement will be made over the stadium sound system and field access will be closed to those without a wristband.
Free seating will be available in the stands throughout the evening. Only outfield seating requires a wristband.
For additional information about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please visit the Nationals' website or contact the Kennedy Center’s Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 (voice) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Show Boat
This spectacular new production of Show Boat, Broadway's original masterpiece, brings unforgettable songs, dazzling choreography, and an epic story together to make great entertainment and great art. With something in store around every bend as the Cotton Blossom travels the Mississippi with a troupe of riverboat performers, Julie, Joe, Queenie, and of course Magnolia and Ravenal make their way through the decades, navigating the trials of show business, love, and loss in a landscape overshadowed by racial inequality.
Show Boat contains words and images that were common during the post-Civil War period in which it is set. Some of the language and stereotypical situations are considered offensive in today’s society. Learn more about the performance with this Kennedy Center Cuesheet, a free performance guide that helps kids and teenagers prepare for attending M M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield.
Nationals Park is located at 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.
Guests who plan to sit in the outfield grass may bring blankets to sit on. Chairs are not permitted on the grass. Nationals Park concessions will be open for the simulcast. No alcoholic beverages may be brought into Nationals Park. No bags larger than 16 inches x 16 inches x 8 inches will be allowed into the ballpark. All bags are subject to inspection. Guests are prohibited from bringing hard containers into Nationals Park. Click here for a complete list of prohibited items in Nationals Park.
For complete information about your visit to Nationals Park, visit the Nationals' website.
Metro is the quickest and easiest way to get to Nationals Park.
Take Metro's Green Line to Navy Yard station— it's just a half block from Nationals Park. And remember, Metro has more than 57,000 parking spaces at its stations.
Buses that serve Nationals Park: 74, P1, P2, V7, V8, V9, and the Capitol Hill Circulator.
Parking at a Metro station?
On Saturday, parking is free at Metro Park and Ride lots. Click here for more parking information.
Click here for more information about taking Metro to Nationals Park or call (202) 637-7000 (TTY 202-638-3780).
$10 parking is available at Nationals Park. Click here for more information.
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of WNO.
M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield is brought to you by American Heritage Chocolate.
M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield is presented in partnership with the Washington Nationals.
This production is made possible through the generous support of Jacqueline Badger Mars.
Major funding for Show Boat is also provided by the Adrienne Arsht Musical Theater Fund.
Additional support is provided by
The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation
and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
*No Purchase Necessary. A Purchase Will Not Increase Your Chances Of Winning. To enter without registering online, send an email with the subject line "Opera in the Outfield Registration" to email@example.com. In the body of the email, provide your name, street address, and phone number.
Timing: Contest runs between 4/9/13-5/15/13. All entries must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on 5/14/13. The winner will be announced during M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield on May 18, 2013 and the winner will additionally be notified via the email address or telephone number provided in the entry form within 14 days of the drawing.
Prize Details: One (1) winner will receive one (1) prize consisting of two (2) Orchestra-Level 2 tickets to the opening night performance of The Force of Destiny on October 12, 2013; two drink vouchers to be redeemed on October 12, 2013 at the Kennedy Center lobby bars; and admission for two to the post-performance Opening Night Celebration for The Force of Destiny. Total prize value is approximately $526. All other expenses and costs not expressly listed above including but not limited to taxes, tips, entertainment, and any other expense or cost not expressly included above are each winner’s sole responsibility. No refunds or credit for changes are allowed.
For additional Contest Rules and information, visit http://www.kennedy-center.org/wno/outreach/simulcast/rules.cfm. By entering the contest, you agree that you have read all rules, including the Contest Rules and the link above and agree to be bound by them.