Last week, my kids sat through an entire opera production of Hansel and Gretel. They loved it – for real. It helped that they sat on a mat with other kids right at the front, and munched on popcorn while they watched. On our way out, the kids were handed some delicious cookies and cake pops.
Introducing kids to music and theatre early on can be very stimulating. (Of course, you don’t want to drag them to a three hour production in a fancy opera hall!) I’ve noticed that more artistic companies are including family-friendly programming. Very smart, because those entertained kids are potential future patrons.
Here in Calgary, we are fortunate to have Cowtown Opera. This feisty troupe is all about making opera accessible to every day people, even kids. Using humour, great acting, and some munchies, the singers create a laid-back feel to the production. The home-spun atmosphere of the cozy venue and accompanying piano certainly don’t detract from the quality performances. Great voices, great music, and a great family outing. Thanks Cowtown Opera!
In case you can’t find family-friendly performances in your area, there are other ways of introducing your kids to opera and Classical music.
Check out the MET productions at Cineplex Odeon. Occasionally, they have a production for families.
Enjoy, and have some fun with culture!