I had a conversation with someone recently who was saying how she couldn’t wait until her granddaughters were old enough that she could take them. I wish the woman sitting in front of me, or even the one next to me, had waited longer.
A 2-hour performance is a long time for a 3 year old. Or even a 5 year old. I don’t blame the kids for jumping and squirming. And I understand why the woman in the front row of our balcony had to hold her child to prevent her from jumping because it is a long way down. But I don’t blame her little one for throwing a fit about it. Because she did not want to sit still for that long and she wasn’t that interested in the ballet. Really. And why her mother made her sit still for 20 minutes before the thing even started is beyond me.
I paid $88 for our 2 tickets. One adult. One child. Those women could have saved themselves a lot of money and grief and he rest of us would have enjoyed the performance a lot more. Yes, it is beautiful. Yes, it is a beautiful Christmas tradition. But it is a tradition. There is a performance every year. This company comes regularly to Ottawa. When it isn’t them it is someone equally good.
I am pretty sure that those little girls did not enjoy the performance. When the little one next to me asked, in the second half, to “go home now” that was pretty clear. The level of disruption after the intermission was both predictable and wholly avoidable. Those kids will appreciate it more when they are older and the parents won’t resent spending all that money.
Apart from that we had a lovely time. It was a beautiful production. Tigger’s friend was in it. They audition local children for some of the minor children’s parts. It is such a great experience for her friend to be involved in a proper production with a big important ballet company.
The Royal Winnipeg are coming back with Peter Pan in January. I’m tempted. And there are no matinee performances. A shame on one hand because 10 p.m. is still a bit late for Tigger and I’m sure there are lots of ballet fans, especially seniors, who don’t like to go out after dark in the winter. But it also means that no one will presume it is a children’s event and bring children too young to appreciate it.