When I went to the movies the other night, I was drawn to the posters of the "next thing" at the theatre. It was "La Vedova Allegra." Hmm. I wonder what that is. It took me a few minutes to figure out that it was Die Lustige Witwe, also known as The Merry Widow. The last time I saw it was in Vienna, when I was working on my German!
I thought it would be a relatively easy introduction to the world of opera for the kids, so we went and bought the 10 euro tix -- in the highest possible seats. Serious nosebleed, based on the charts.
And then I nearly forgot about it! At dinner time, I gasped and called a quick family meeting -- to read the synopsis for the operetta. Quick dinner, then off to change and go up to the theatre.
We got there this evening (it was scheduled to start at 9), and it was immediately apparent that I'd missed the "no kids" memo on the show. The Hook kids were the only ones under about 40, and I was getting some rather disapproving glares. So I told the kids that they were ambassadors for youth, and impressed upon them the absolute requirement for perfect behavior.
The doors opened at 9 (so much for starting at 9), and we went up the stairs. And up. And up. We were in the 4th tier, and it turned out to be a completely traditional theatre with boxes! And we had the whole box to ourselves (it only seats 6). The kids could all squeeze onto the bench right in the front. We were dead center, and the view was fabulous.
The kids loved it. They were laughing out loud. They were asking me about some of the lines over which I was giggling. They clapped. They smiled. They snickered. We had a wonderful time.
A few (dark -- sorry, no flash allowed!)photos for your enjoyment:
|In our box!|
|View of the Stage from Our Box!|