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Is dd too young for Northern Ballet Nutcracker?

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welliesundermeballgoon Sun 28-Aug-11 20:36:04

She will be 3.7? She has watched the whole ballet on TV (totally engrossed!)
Only tickets available for matinee (as evening performance is past her bedtime) are gallery so limited view....

SandStorm Sun 28-Aug-11 20:39:50

If she liked it on TV I don't think she's too young BUT the limited view would be a dealbreaker for me.

nethunsreject Sun 28-Aug-11 20:40:21

Weell, I wet as a 6 yr old and was pretty bored, tbh. I can still remember it! It's different on the telly - perfect view and comfy seat.

welliesundermeballgoon Sun 28-Aug-11 20:44:43

Were you 'into' ballet Nethun?
I am thinking that too SandStorm, but on the positive side it would mean only £20 wasted instead of £50 if she didn't like it confused

nethunsreject Sun 28-Aug-11 20:48:16

Yy, very into it.

welliesundermeballgoon Sun 28-Aug-11 20:54:55

Oh well, I may leave it a little while.

Thanks for input smile

Gastonladybird Sun 28-Aug-11 20:55:55

If likes it I would take her- also matinee so will be full of kids so shouldn't feel too bad as wont be only one. Sadly I think it's some way off before my DD will sit through anything Like that.

LordOfTheFlies Sun 28-Aug-11 23:07:38

I took my DD to a local theatre to see The Nutcracker when she was 7.6 yo.

TBH I don't think she'd have sat through it if she was younger.
There was an intermission for a loo break and ice-cream.

We had read up on the story on the internet and I found the ballet didn't explain it. (I didn't buy a programme, that might have helped blush )

DD was a bit hmm at the end because they didn't show that it was a dream, it just finished after the Sugar Plum Fairy dance.
And Clara was played by an adult, not a child/younger dancer.

But it's started her off and the year after we went to see Swan Lake.
Now looking for this years ballet.

frazzled74 Sun 28-Aug-11 23:09:51

took my dd when she was just 3 and she was engrossed, loved it .

LordOfTheFlies Sun 28-Aug-11 23:19:22

I took DS up to London when he had just turned 5 to see The Snowman. (Sadlers Wells Theatre).
He really enjoyed that , its not too long a performance.

But I did feel sorry for the mum who had to take her DS out to the loo just before the flying scene (the best bit IMO).

He still remember it, nearly 7 years later.
But he wouldn't thank me for The Nutcracker grin

mysteryfairy Tue 30-Aug-11 07:41:17

When I took my DD to see a Northern Ballet Christmas show two years ago it was Peter Pan. DD was 7 but we sat next to a three year old little girl who was completely enchanted the whole way through and incredibly well behaved. The gasps from DD and our little neighbour when Peter first flew in are a memory I'll always cherish.

I think if you have a DD who generally has quite a good level of tolerance you should be fine. My DD would happily sit through a film in the cinema without disturbing anyone at 3, my friend has a DD who, at nearly 6, I'd still hesitate to take the cinema!

For DD's first foray into opera we had a box so that if she did find it hard to concentrate we would hopefully not disturb anyone else. As it turned out she was fine but perhaps this is an option you could consider. Depends what theatre you are looking at but some of them have tiny boxes.

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