Saturday we took the Peeps to see an operatic version of Little Red Riding Hood. This is the second year we've gone– last year's was Billy Goat's Gruff. The operas are put on by a local theatre group and so far have been very good! It's a great introduction for the little ones into the opera. They also learned terms like baratone, tenor, and even bravo! from the word find on back of the program… pretty cool!
In December we also took them to see a "regular" play- A Christmas Carol, which they both loved. Peep #2 is particularly awed by the performance. She watches, rapt, and I get a bigger kick out of watching her than the play! I'd love to see if the local theatre is looking for child actors… I think it's something she'd enjoy tremendously. It's something I'll have to investigate further.
Anyway, I wish there was more of this kind of thing around. We are lucky to live in an area that does have quite a bit of theatre (the same group that put on A Christmas Carol also puts on free "Shakespeare in the Park" performances every summer)… but still, I want more! In the rush of schooling art and music (except for weekly piano lessons) often gets pushed aside when we are pressed for time. So I feel a tad guilty about not spending as much time as I'd like on the arts. Taking them to see these shows helps allevite the guilt a bit!