So let's just say that I grew up as a big theatre nerd! I went to theatre camp. I sang musicals like it was my business to do so. Heck in the name of the theatre I put my cousin (playing my son) into my bosom as I sang "Sensitivity" for "Once Upon a Mattress" (princess and the pea). I LOVE the theatre! As a parent I dream of the days that I can take my children to theatrical performances and actually enjoy them myself. In fact around chicago I have had a few great opportunities to take my 2 year olds to the theatre and watch as the world unravels for them through song and dance. But these were specifically geared towards tiny theatregoers. They know of the shit show that can be a toddler, let alone twin toddlers. They are prepared. The performances are an hour give or take, and they hold the attention of the littles.
Anyway this weekend I took "My Shot" to take my friend, we shall call her WinniWaitWhat, and Mr. WaitWhat to "The Room where it Happened". I planned. I prepped. I got us Suite Service so we could have a bar and bathroom at our disposal. Got dinner planned for us to have a lovely evening and I left the kiddos with the Parents WaitWhat.
We got to our seats, first row mezzanine to have a little extra leg room and looked around, marveling at all the people who brought their kids out to the theatre. I said to myself oh I cannot wait for these days, but for now this was going to be an adult evening. The lights dimmed, the orchestra was booming, and 30 seconds into the first song it happened, the girl behind us started singing! I thought it was cute for about 10 seconds, but then my head cock started happening. Her caretaker told her not to sing as she snapped back, "I can't help it" in a whine that was permeating. And then that is how it was for the first act. I thought of my lines to say to her then thought, hmmm maybe she is really young and mom had high hopes she was ready. But man I was ready to turn around and say, "I know you love the music, as do I, but you need to stop singing out loud so we can enjoy the performance." The performance that cost none of us around her less than $100 per ticket with taxes and fees. As intermission came WinniWaitWhat and myself realized that this was not a young girl. Probably 10 or 12 who should know better. But it gets worse! 2nd half comes and not only is she singing she started KICKING the back of my seat and my friends seat! OMG I was going to lose it, which is why this post came about!
PSA TheatreNerds, because you dream of the day that your kids can appreciate live theatre not geared towards littles, make sure that they are mature and responsible enough to handle this experience! It is simply not fair to other patrons to have to deal with other peoples whining children. Admittedly during a buttery and lovely performance by Mr. George Washington, I turned into my son almost jumping out of my seat to clap before he was done, but I contained myself and like everyone else waited until the end.
That's my rant people! What's a good age to take your children to the theatre? How do you know they are ready? How do you handle inappropriate behavior? Thank you for reading! Theatre on Friends!
Jenifer Roth is a full time super woman...in her mind! Well she is good at being ok at the all the roles she takes on. Enjoy the ride!