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I'm thinking of taking the kids to see the nutcracker this year at the theatre. My kids are almost 5 & 7. I've never seen it so I'm not sure if it is something they would like.<br><br>
Has anyone taken their kids to see it? Did they like it?
 

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I was taken to the Nutcracker every year as a child, probably between 5 and 10. I didn't enjoy it, it was too long for me and someone tall was always blocking my view. I dreaded it every year. But it wasn't a performance designed for kids, and I'm just me, other kids might love it.
 

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I take my kids every chance I can get! Unfortunately, they won't be home any weekends before Christmas this year when it is playing but we LOVE to go see it! It is a little long but I usually give them candy at intermission and that's a treat so they look forward to that. I think 5 and 7 is a great age for the Nutcracker. I would suggest finding a book of the original story though and reading it before you go so that they have an idea of what's going on.
 

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The first time we took our dc, I think they were a little older - maybe 6 and 9. They enjoyed it. We went a few times. The last time was about 3 years ago - they would have been 10 and 13 y.o.<br><br>
There will be lots of other 5 y.o.'s in the audience. It's a tradition with a lot of families.<br><br>
What kind of production is it? There are some less formal community dance group productions that are a little less overwhelming than the large ballet/symphony hall performances.<br><br>
You may also want to consider the time of performance. Matinees will be overrun with little ones, but generally they are easier because you don't have the over-tired, past-bedtime behaviours to worry about.
 

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Yes, I've taken my kids to it. We also have the DVD of the Matthew Bourne production, which was gorgeous, and might be available in your library.
 

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We're going if we can get the tix to the less expensive production. DD has been begging - they're 6 and 4. I still think 4 is too young, maybe a shorter attention span and won't do too well at the scary bits, but oh well.<br><br>
Definitely try to get a less expensive production - the major company here was doing $80Cdn (approx the same in USD) per ticket ($300 in tickets for 4 people, after taxes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> ) vs, oh, $25 for the younger companies.
 

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My suggestion is that you expose your children to the music first and often before you go. AND let them read the story and/or watch a video of it so they know the basic plot. Talk them through it AT HOME. I think that productions like these are easier (better?) to experience when the children already know what to expect and are familiar with it.<br><br>
Please don't talk/whisper them through it at the theater. It's bad manners and inappropriate. It also does not model good audience member behavior. I say this from the experience of being a patron. (If you expose them before-hand, you'll have less need to talk them through it in the theater.)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What kind of production is it? There are some less formal community dance group productions that are a little less overwhelming than the large ballet/symphony hall performances.<br><br>
You may also want to consider the time of performance. Matinees will be overrun with little ones, but generally they are easier because you don't have the over-tired, past-bedtime behaviours to worry about.</div>
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It appears to be a more formal one in that they say it is the best one in our county and the theater is super nice. But it is in the afternoon (3pm).<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I've been to many theater productions and I do realize this is bad manners.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Definitely try to get a less expensive production - the major company here was doing $80Cdn (approx the same in USD) per ticket ($300 in tickets for 4 people, after taxes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> ) vs, oh, $25 for the younger companies.</div>
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They are $35 per ticket plus taxes for the great seats and $20 for the balcony seats. I will probably spring for the great seats since it is only $15 difference.
 

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We just took my 6 year old last weekend and he loved it. It was an amazing performance. Now, this was a very easy choice for us - he's been to lots of live theater and is always great. He's a dancer so he was really really interested. The performance was at 3pm, etc. etc. But there were loads and loads of other kids his age there and nearly all of them were fine.
 

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We took DS when he was 4 and he did well. He was familiar with the music. It was a more exciting performance, but a bit on the long side(around 2 hrs). The one we're attending this year (DS is 8 now) is only about an hour which would have been ideal.
 

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I have taken my kids at those ages - many times, as our elementary goes as a school function (some of our students have performed in the Pacific NW Ballet production).<br><br>
I agree with the matinee prices you mentioned; the evening shows are really over the top price-wise. I also agree with getting closer seats; the further away you are, the less interesting it is.<br><br>
Honestly, even though my girls are dance fanatics (older one takes classes four days per week, younger two are once or twice per week - each starting at age three) I don't think any of them really LOVE the Nutcracker. It is fun to get dressed up, and we go as a group with school friends so that is fun too. But if we never went again, I don't think any of them would mention it.<br><br>
On any given year, at least one of us sleeps through it. If going means giving up something else, I wouldn't. But if it isn't a big deal in the budget then give it a try. I just wouldn't have high expectations.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My suggestion is that you expose your children to the music first and often before you go. AND let them read the story and/or watch a video of it so they know the basic plot. Talk them through it AT HOME. I think that productions like these are easier (better?) to experience when the children already know what to expect and are familiar with it.</div>
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I think if my parents had done this I would have enjoyed it. I had no idea what the story was about, except a nutcracker and some kids. I might have had a different experience had we gone during the afternoon rather than an evening performance.
 

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I have taken our oldest every year since she turned four. This will be her fourth year. The production we go to is 1pm matinee but it is almost two full hours. She has loved it every year. We also go to a lot of live theatre with the kids so they get the rules about behavior.<br><br>
I am currently deciding if I will be taking my son along with us this year or waiting until next. He just turned four (today!) but he doesn't really care at all about ballet so it seems like spending money just for the sake of keeping the same tradition as our daughter. Of course my youngest daughter (2 1/2) loves, loves, loves ballet and I feel bad for not taking her but at those ticket prices if she can't sit still and really enjoy it I will end up annoyed. I think it will probably be one last year of just me and oldest daughter and then bring the whole family along starting next year.
 

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We took DD #1 for two years then last year we took DD#2 for the first time. There is something about watching their faces light up as they follow along. The most important thing is that they know the story line ahead of time so they won't be wondering what is going on. Aslo try to get good seats that makes all the difference in the world.<br><br>
Dh goes with us and last year he was the one who bought the tickets without me asking. He made it a surprise for the four of us.
 

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My 7 yo. and 12 yo. loved it.<br><br>
There were some 3 yo. in the audience, though, who were totally bored.
 

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Yes, we always go. My experience is that, esp. for the younger ones, the first act tends to be more engaging than the second act, until you get to the last scene. Have fun!
 

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I loved it as a child and went every year, at least from age 5 or so.<br><br>
I got the music on vinyl (2 LPs) when my son had just turned 3, so I started playing it a lot and telling him the story. Soon he was acting it out: "Look, Mama, here come the mice and soldiers fighting with big knives!" and was very interested in seeing the performance last year when he was almost 4. He loved it!
 

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We took DS for the first time at age 3 and he did awesome, and loved it. I think we'll wait until DD is 3 before taking her, but DS (now 5) and I might find a small production to go to this year. It's such a fun tradition!
 

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It really depends on your kids. My oldest's Brownie troop went to a kind of interesting interpretation of it when they were in 2nd grade so I guess they were all 7 and 8. They were fine for the most part.<br><br>
Parts of the traditional production, while beautiful ballet, are in my experience, pretty boring for kids. If your kids are okay with being bored for part of the time, they should be fine. But personally, I would sure never spend $35 (or even $20) to take my 5 yo as I would end up standing out in the lobby. He barely made it through the Christmas Carol movie.
 

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If you can, take them to a child's matinee. Our ballet company does this and serves hot chocolate and lets the kids mix with the dancers after. Sometimes the matinees are shorter than the full production - check into it. It might make it easier on them (and you).
 
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