By: Lisa Middleton
Theatre has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. Maybe it’s genetics, but my four-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Charlotte, has the theatre bug, too – and having family-friendly productions to attend has made this art form come alive for her! I love watching the excitement and wonder in her eyes when she sees Brent Carver as Merlyn disappearing into the sky in Camelot and hearing her laughter when Stephen Ouimette sneaks across stage as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night.
As we approach our 60th season (which starts this April!), I’m getting more and more excited to share these productions with Charlotte:
- You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. This wonderful show is being presented by Schulich Children’s Plays. It’s full of humour that she and I can both enjoy, as well as music and lyrics that we’ll be singing for years to come. We’ve already purchased the soundtrack and are gearing up for our big night out. We did the same thing with Jesus Christ Superstar, and within weeks Charlotte had memorized every lyric. She loved the show so much that we ended up seeing it six times! I’m expecting the same reaction to Charlie Brown.
Here’s a great video of our Artistic Director, Des McAnuff, and our General Director, Antoni Cimolino, discussing this must-see family production.
- The Pirates of Penzance. This will be Charlotte’s very first time seeing a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Given that she loves pirate shows and musicals (she saw Kiss Me, Kate when she was two and Peter Pan and Camelot when she was three), The Pirates of Penzance will undoubtedly sweep her off her feet.
- Much Ado About Nothing. I can’t wait to take Charlotte to her second Shakespeare play. Last season we attended Twelfth Night together; I was a bit nervous that my four-year-old wouldn’t be able to sit still for three hours, but she proved me wrong. She’s fallen in love with Shakespeare at an early age and I am thrilled!
To prepare for this production Charlotte and I will read Lois Burdett’s Shakespeare Can Be Fun: Much Ado About Nothing. It’s a fabulous resource for all parents interested in sharing Shakespeare with their children!
Going to the theatre is a really special family activity that creates wonderful memories. Did your parents or your school take you to see any live productions when you were young?