There’s a production of Peter Pan in town right now. It’s a cool concept of a theater-in-the-round, and a small-ish crowd of people (maybe around 200 or so?) at every performance, so it feels intimate and a lot like there isn’t a bad seat in the house. They’d set up a big circus-like tent in a parking lot down in the arts district to hold the performances, and it is traveling all over the country.
Our neighbor had four extra tickets and offered them to us at a discount. We thought it would be a fun chance to take the big boys out for their first-ever live production. So we went a little over a week ago on Saturday afternoon.
It was good. I think it was a tad bit long for Gage (a solid 2 hours and 15 minutes, with a 20 minute intermission), but Cade was following along just fine and had no issues paying attention or getting antsy.
How do you combat antsiness in a 3 year old? By making one bag of popcorn and one bag of cotton candy last for everyone for the entire time. Small increments of food distraction.
The white tent over Mike’s head is (obviously) all around the entire set. They projected the scenes on to it, which was a cool addition. When the characters were “flying” we were flying too, through a graphic of London, and the clouds, and then to Neverland. It was a simple way to give the feeling of each scene.
(These photos are before the show started, and before they announced there was no photography allowed. Whoops.)
Gage calls it “hotten” candy and it is probably the most adorable thing ever. I think this was the first experience with cotten candy for both of them, so that made it even more exciting.
At intermission Gage and I braved the cold and the lines for a bathroom break.
We snapped this photo in front of a big poster outside.
Overall the boys enjoyed it. Cade burst into silent crying tears at the very end. I couldn’t get him to explain what he was feeling and offered him a lot of words about what he might be feeling (sadness at the storyline; sadness it was over; etc.), but Mike thinks (and I agree) that he was totally following the plot line and was just so incredibly sad that Peter Pan decided not to stay with Wendy and the Lost Boys and be a part of the family. He was probably just overwhelmed and it was the only way he could express that. Combined with the fact that he didn’t take an afternoon nap, which leaves him highly emotional anyway, and it makes sense. He explained his favorite parts to Tapaw and Tamaw when he got home, but as we were exiting his words were something like, “I did not like that show and I am hungry and I just want to go home.”
He has asked questions about it and even quoted things from it since. Last night at dinner he had made a tube out of magnatiles and I heard him say, “Prepare for fire, Smee…” followed by cannon fire noises and his hand flying like a cannonball (which was actually one of the coolest effects of the whole show when they did that). So he was definitely soaking it all in like a sponge.
It was a fun thing to do. I probably wouldn’t have paid full price for the experience (because I’m always cheap when it comes down to it), but at a discount it was definitely worth doing.