Dylan's First Theatrical Experience with GigiYesterday afternoon Dylan and I and some other friends went to see,,"Goodnight \Moon" in Charlotte, at the Children's Theatre. "Goodnight Moon" is a wonderful children's book with 26 words in the text. To make a live production that could hold the interest of 2-5 yr. olds for an hour was I am sure a challenge. Margaret Wise Brown is a wonderful author that takes a simple idea and writes a book that is appealing to children and adults who read to children. Dylan and her new friend Rachel were excited. They sat very patiently waiting for the production to start. Their were six hidden toy mice in the theatre for the children to find with their eyes. Rachel and Dylan found five of them. I never could find #6. Dylan asked me what was behind the curtain. She was barely heavy enough to hold the seat down so that helped her sit still I am sure.
When the play started the girls did not move. They were mesmerized by the great green room and the characters singing and dancing. The bunny who could not seem to settle down was so precocious and captivating as well as the mouse. The old lady. who in the book, said "Hush" to the bunny, was a nanny with a bark louder than her bite. She actually lost it and raised her voice to yell several times. I looked at the girls and because the rabbit was oblivious to the noise, I think it tempered Ute shock value. The fantasy part of the play was when the bears on chairs came out of their picture and did a dance. Also the dish and the spoon with their friends the cats did several dance tunes. It was very well done and kept the attention of the children for the hour. Dylan did not ask questions about losing a tooth like the rabbit. Maybe later, on the way to day care in the car one day, be ready Daddy. The age of the audience was revealed when the talking clock asked if anyone had a loose tooth. Maybe the fact that no one raised their hand, had something to do with the size of the tooth on stage and the huge "string" that was supposed to have
"helped" it come out. It was a wonderful experience for Dylan and I and I plan to take her to more. I love live theatre. Denny told me they read the book last night and she had talked about the play. She had a wonderful time. We did discuss her favorite character; She liked the rabbit and the mouse. I don't suppose she identified with the bunny who started to go to bed at seven and went to sleep at 8:30. Dylan's not so bad.Love you Dyllie. Broadway, here we come!