When I called for tickets for the Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of Peter Pan I asked for help on where my 2.5 year old would best be able to see the show. She told me no one under the age of four is permitted in the shows. So I hung up the phone and got the tickets on-line. What are they going to do card him, I thought? Turns out there were a lot of kids at the show. Very few were under age four but the preschoolers were clearly represented and they were dressed like Tinkerbell with wings. (Talk about showing your age lady babies)
The show was amazing and kept Henry’s attention the entire time. There is a performance using the dancers shadows in the first act that is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The flying into Neverland is a wonderful part and the pirate boat battle is wonderfully done and not scary. It is an adaptation for the ballet so there are some parts where you are confused because as an adult you know the story. I am pretty sure the “rocks” have a big dancing part that confused me for a little bit. For children that are just beginning to learn the story it does not make a difference and is just magic from start to finish.
It hits you as soon as it starts that there are no words. All you hear is the music and the tapping of the ballet slippers on the stage. It is like watching a movie with subtitles where it takes a few minutes to get used to and then it fades into the background. Every once in a while you could hear a stage direction right before the actors were lifted up for a flying scene. Which was actually really neat.
We sat in the Family Circle Section all the way on the side and I think where we sat had a lot to do with keeping Henry’s attention. For our seats you looked right down into the orchestra pit and could see the back stage along the side. You could see people working the ropes behind the scenes and the dancers line up right before they came on stage. It added a whole new element to the show. Henry could also lean and rest his head on the balcony wall and watch the show which was great since he is not that tall. I would totally sit in the exact same seats again ($20 ea. Sec. Family Circle, Row/ Box: A, Seat No.: 60). There were some 5 year old girls that were behind us and they stood the whole time so I think they had a hard time seeing.
Worth Noting :
*We left after Act 2. It was 9:00 p.m. and Henry was doing great but we did not feel the need to push it.
*There is more than one intermission so you might need to bring back up activities
*There is a basic snack bar in the Family Section but you can not take anything to your seats. I really wished I would have stashed water in my purse b/c they have water but give it to you in a large plastic cup and it cost $3.00.
*First act is better than the second. The pirate boat battle is in the 2nd Act.
*There was some humorous parts that had that made everyone laugh.
*You have the option to pre pay for parking ($22) when you get your tickets. We parked at the Bellvue from 5:30 (went to dinner) to 9:00 p.m. and it was $18.00 and easy in and easy out.