Saturday, April 11, 2009

Evening at the Ballet

Friday night, Annie and I had the privilege of taking our nieces to "Swan Princess" at Kingsbury Hall performed by Children's Ballet Theatre (I danced with them when I was younger -- so did Annie. In fact, last year we discovered we were in the same production of Cinderella. I was a mouse).

Piper (almost 4) loves ballet and even knows how to do an arabesque and Chloe (6) just likes activities so I knew they'd have fun.

They were so good and sat (relatively) still throughout the 2 hr 15 min performance. We had great seats on the front row of the balcony. The Swan Princess was an adaptation of Swan Lake. The music initially scared Piper who plugged her ears throughout the entire overture. But once the dancers came out, she was able to adjust and enjoy it.

In the future, I'm going to be sure to read the program beforehand so I'm prepared to answer the constant questions that will inevitably be asked of me. I'm not a parent, but I assume you get to a point where you just start making stuff up. I reached that point after 5 minutes. Here are some of the questions and comments throughout the production:

"Where are the ballerinas?"

"This is scary."

"What are they doing?"

"Is she a swan too?"

"Is it over?" (Chloe asked this every time the audience clapped during the first half)

"Where are they now?"
Answer: They're having a birthday party.
Follow up question: "Are they going to eat birthday cake?"

"I don't like that dancing."

"I like that dancing."

"Is she older now?"
Answer: "Yes."
Follow up: "How old is she now?"
Answer: "A few years older."
Follow up: "How old?"

"What's the black girl doing in the back?" (she meant the black swan)

"Is she jealous of the white swan?"

"Where's the prince?"

"Is he a bad guy?"

"How many more swans are there?"

"Is it mission yet?" (intermission)

This is a picture of all three adorable little girls. As soon as Chloe found out Annie's niece was also six years old, she wanted to be her best friend for the evening.

At intermission we ate the chocolates Chloe and Piper kindly brought for me and then we walked up and down the stairs inside Kingsbury a couple times, got some water, did a couple twirls (Annie's idea) and then went back to our seats.

Annie, being the genius she is, looked through her program, explained the entire second half before it began and the girls sat quietly enthralled for the rest of the performance.


leandparkermakes3 said...

What a nice aunt you are! I'm sure they loved it! Was I a mouse with you? I seem to remember a pair of giant scissors!

Annie said...

What I learned from the evening is: Never leave home without food if you are taking a 6 year old to the ballet. Maya's response to me was "Annie, I'm hungry." "Annie, I'm still hungry." "Annie, do you have food?" "Annie, I didn't eat dinner and now I'm hungry."

Saule Cogneur said...

I've decided being an aunt/uncle is one of the best things in life. Rather than a ballet, I'll probably be taking my nephew to other things someday...maybe a broken car or a nuclear reactor?

SRA said...

:D Cuteness! Congrats for enduring to the end...of the show. ;)

Kelly D. said...

They loved that, Laura! Piper told me all about it the next day. "The mean owl put a spell on her sweetie and turned him into a swan!"

The questions can be daunting, I know. I get everything from "How do babies get in and out of mommies' tummies?" to "Why do we have to brush our teeth?" I think you can see why we're so thankful when you give us a break from the kiddos :) Thank you again!

Ilene said...

Ah, parenting is all about making stuff up.

However, most parents don't take their kids to the ballet. They like to leave such outings to those sucker aunts and uncles.

Oh, I'm such an awesome parent.

Jaime said...

That's so cute. I love how you wrote down what they said.