One of the joys of homeschooling is that you can do things off season. This year Freya and I took a trip to the Stratford Festival the weekend after Labour Day. The timing was dictated primarily by the combination of plays available.
We used the format that a group trip she's been on has used: 4 plays over 3 days with 2 nights accommodation.
The plays we saw:
- Measure for Measure
- Merchant of Venice
- Fiddler on the Roof
- Blithe Spirit
All were excellent. Freya was particularly excited about the Chagall inspired set for Fiddler. This was nice for me because she was ambivalent about the first Chagall exhibit we saw (in Switzerland in 2007) though I think his work has grown on her since.
Her grandparents introduced her to Noel Coward a couple of years ago by taking her and 2 UK-based friends to see Hay Fever in Keswick. She was an instant fan and the production of Blithe Spirit reinforced her views.
I think seeing some Coward in the same year we saw Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan was also thought provoking. They share some larger themes about the relationship between middle-class propriety and reality. And some comedic strategies.
We also had lunch with an old family friend that I hadn't seen in years but had run into at a recent funeral. It was so nice to see her and we agreed that the next time we go she may join us for a play, too.
There was also a nice bonus on the quilting front. In the upstairs lobby at the Avon Theatre hangs a quilt made by members of the wardrobe department as a fundraiser. It is gorgeous.