One of our family presents from Pat and Craig was tickets to the Oregon Children’s Theatre’s production of Charlotte’s Web.
So on a nice Saturday afternoon we drove downtown to the Newmark Theatre for the boys’ first experience at a play.
They were pretty excited:
The Newmark Theatre was nice. Much nicer than I expected. There were a lot of things to look at, different displays on the wall and a huge atrium. They also had posters of all their productions:
We had wonderful seats in the second row. Derek still elected to sit on Ryan’s lap so he could see even better.
We didn’t really know how to prepare them since we haven’t ever been to one of these Children’s Theatre productions either, but it was great.
What I always forget about plays is how you do have to use your imagination in different ways and the acting and creativity are so alive because there aren’t a lot of crazy special effects to buffer you from what’s really happening.
Tate and Derek loved it. Derek was absolutely enraptured. He just stared at the stage the whole time and was quite upset when he told me he had to go to the bathroom. “I really need to go, but I don’t want to miss anything!”
The girl who played Charlotte was sort of an acrobat and could climb and swing around on those long pieces of fabric that hang from the ceiling. This was a creative and impressive way of her being a “spider.” Tate was awed by how good she was at it.
Overall it was such fun family thing. Both boys want to go see even more plays, which I think is great and something I never would have even thought of.
Grandma and Grandpa are expanding our cultural horizons too.