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ETO Christmas Stocking

Play Santa and help fill ETO’s stocking this Christmas

Christmas Stockings are traditionally filled with small gifts – often useful items such as stationery, confectionery, toiletries or toys. Alternatively, naughty boys and girls would wake on Christmas Day to find Santa had left them a lump of coal.

ETO have written their own letter to Santa, featuring variations on traditional Stocking Fillers which are essential for a touring company.

If you have enjoyed ETO’s work this year, please consider giving a small gift this Christmas to help us continue bringing high quality opera to you in the New Year. To donate an item to ETO’s stocking, click on the picture, or text the appropriate code to 70300.

£1 = Batteries

Batteries Not Included
As anybody will tell you, it is important to have a stash of batteries ready for Christmas morning. On tour, ETO relies on batteries for a number of things, including many of the tools used by the crew, the torches which ensure singers can see backstage and the radio system which enables our stage management and technical teams to communicate during the performance.

To add some Batteries to ETO’s stocking, please click the picture or text ETO XMAS 1 to 70300

£3 = A Roll of Electrical Tape

Some Assembly Required
Those dreaded words strike fear in the hearts of parents on 25 December. Yet, during the tour our crew work around the clock to assemble our sets in venues across the country. This includes fitting approximately 2,400 metres of cable for every show, all of which must be safely held in place to avoid any accidents.

To add a Roll of Electrical Tape to ETO’s stocking, please click the picture or text ETO XMAS 3 to 70300

£5 = Food and Drink for the Green Room

Bring us some Figgy Pudding
As you might have gathered from our Production Manager’s blog, touring can be thirsty work. A touring company marches on its stomach so we have to keep the Green Room well stocked. Whilst Santa has his milk and mince pie (not forgetting the carrot for Rudolph), the ETO team functions best with tea, coffee, bottles of water, biscuits and fruit.

To add Tea, Coffee, Biscuits or Fruit to ETO’s stocking, please click the picture or text ETO XMAS 5 to 70300

£10 = Stage Make-up

Apply Deep and Crisp and Even
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Rudolph’s red nose, or Santa’s rosy cheeks. Similarly, our productions use a range of make-up techniques to create the characters you see on stage. Whether used to drastically change someone’s appearance, such as Death and Harlequin in The Emperor of Atlantis, or more subtly applied, make-up is a vital part of our tour kitbag.

To add Stage Make-up to ETO’s stocking, please click the picture or text ETO XMAS 10 to 70300

£20 = A Lump of Coal!!

Driving Home for Christmas
OK, so a real lump of coal wouldn’t be much use nowadays but, in the absence of flying reindeer, a touring company does require petrol. Each tour, our two lorries and one transit van cover over 5,000 miles, bringing high quality opera to towns and cities across the UK.

To add A Lump of Coal to ETO’s stocking, please click on the picture (unfortunately, text donations are not available for this amount)

Help Spread the Festive Cheer

Once you have donated, why not help spread the Festive Cheer? Click here to send a message to your Twitter Followers or share this page on Facebook.

Of course, there is space under the ETO Tree for gifts of all shapes and sizes. By clicking on the pictures above you can make an online donation of any amount. If you would like to find out about other ways you can support ETO, please contact David Burgess on 0207 833 2555 or by emailing

Thank you for supporting ETO in 2012.

Have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

For terms and conditions for text donations, please click here

Christmas Shopping

Did you know you can support ETO for free when you are doing your Christmas shopping online? By following the link below to or, ETO will receive a percentage of your total spend, without costing you a penny more.

The money we receive enables us to continue bringing live opera to towns and cities across the UK, from mainstage productions to our award-winning education work.

Click the picture to play Santa for ETO.

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