It was a last-minute decision for me -- looking for something to do on a weekend, growing weary of the flu-infested indoor playgrounds, and still weeks away from a decent spring day. A friend of mine mentioned that she was taking her kids to see Alice in Wonderland at our local theatre.
::blink, blink, blink:::
Live theatre? Four-year-olds? She told me that she had recently taken her daughter to the movies and she had done quite well and although my son had never seen live theatre, he was no stranger to the feature-length movie. I was optimistic and actually kind of giddy about it.
|Transfixed by the set (and the snacks) almost immediately.|
|While the main shows are part of the "Broadway Series" starring professional actors with a full orchestra, the Saturday children's shows feature mostly kids from the acting classes and their teachers with just a few instruments in the pit.|
As soon as the show let out, he asked to go to the library and get an Alice in Wonderland book so he could "see where Alice was sleeping." He had apparently gleaned that the whole thing was a dream, but there were holes in the story. My theatre-loving mama-heart nearly burst. "Of course! Of course we can go to the library to further research something you learned in the theatre!" (Seriously, does it get better than this?)
|A highlight: sitting on the Queen of Hearts' lap afterward.|
I had no idea whether taking my preschooler to the theatre was going to be a decision I ended up regretting or not, but, given the potential payoff, it seemed like a risk worth taking. And I'm so glad I did. How old were your kids the first time they saw live theatre? What do you think is the ideal age for the introduction?