Monday, 01 August 2011
The woman I work for as an au pair, has a cousin that works at a theatre, and managed to get us free tickets for last night's production of Peter Pan here in Dublin. We got ten free tickets, and so four kids and six adults went.
I have to say that I would pay the full £40+ pounds to go see this in full; it was that incredible.
It was magical!
It was phenomenal!
It was mind-shattering!
The audience was made up of more kids than adults, and they found it amazing. I watched as kids' eyes lit up the place! There was shouting and screaming going on in delight. Though I do remember a little girl behind me say "I can see his wires. He's not really flying mommy." That made me smile.
The kids I care for, Katie and Mary, are 6 and 9. Martin was too young to go at 2 years old; he'd have just messed around. But the girls loved every minute of it and want to see more productions.
Peter Pan was everything I imagined it would be for a child. And for me as an adult it was better than what I expected. Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael and John flew over the audience. Nana was a massive fluffy dog with some poor person stuck inside. There was a robotic alligator that snapped up and got Hook towards the end of the show. The pirates did the Can-Can and some sexy dancing. Nothing too bad. Very funny!
And there was an au-pair from Poland, that played the part of a foreign au pair brilliantly! She was was referred to as a "big pear" by Michael -that made me laugh.
It's a modern version of Peter Pan and set two generations after the book. Wendy's grandmother and her own mother went to Neverland and saw Peter who is still the young boy from all those years ago -I can't describe how amazing it was. They even got the audience's interaction to bring Tinkerbell back.
I loved every minute of it! Unfortunately, the production is only showing in Dublin and London right now. I definitely think it should be in more places, and people should take their kids more often.
So far, the kids have seen Hairspray but later this year Grease, Dirty Dancing, A White Chrismas and Mamma Mia are also coming out. We're hoping to get tickets for all of the shows because their mother may be able to get tickets for free. The kids are still talking about Peter Pan and Hairspray! The atmosphere is wonderful. It's better than taking them to the cinema to see a new movie. It may be more expensive - but it's definitely better.
Theatres are family friendly and a lot of fun. I would recommend going to see whatever is on near you. The kids love it. And the actors and actresses that are on stage often include kids and the audience. This is the first time I've been to a production as big as this and when I have my own kids I'll definitely be getting them involved with going to the theatre every once in a while when/if it can be afforded.
Like I said, it was magical, truly wonderful.
Have you ever taken your kids to the theatre? What did you see and did they enjoy the production?