Last week, my Kindergarten class had a field trip to the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy to watch ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’ Taking the kids to live theater is a wonderful experience. I still have yet to take my own children. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to attend live broadway shows with my parents. From Mama Mia!, Hairspary, Wicked, The Lion King, and later on as an adult I saw Jersey Boys. So I speak very personally of this joy.
How I prepared myself for this field trip.
Like I said before, I haven’t even taken my own children to live theatre, so handling 24 other 5 year olds, be prepared with a balanced breakfast and coffee!! If a child needs to be consoled for any reason, take them out to the lobby. Do not allow an upset child to remain in the theater and disturb his fellow audience members. (Luckily, this didn’t happen!) BUT, on the bus ride, and seated in the theatre I made sure I sat next to my not so behaved students.
241 Vernon St, Roseville, CA 95678
If you’re local in the area, come give the theatre a visit!
Their last showing of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ is tomorrow the 17th!
See schedule HERE.
The expressions on my student’s faces when they walked into the Musical Theater show. It was truly a new world opening up for them.
Preparing you kids to visit the theatre:
- It’s a good idea to start off by taking the very young child to a Kids Theater Production…Specifically a short production (many times,less than a hour) that is produced with children in mind. Kindergarten is definietly a good age.
- If this is your child’s first time seeing live theater, it may also be a good idea to get an aisle seat. This will be helpful in the event your child doesn’t react well and you need to leave the theater for any reason.
- Once you have verified that this is a good production for a child, and you have purchased your tickets, you should begin to prepare your child for the trip. I highly, highly suggest starting off with community theatre, such as a the venue we visited.
- Explain what they will be seeing, that you are taking them to an exciting live theater performance. Familiarize them with the characters, the plot, the setting, etc. If there is a book about the play read it with them. The following day, we showed them the actual movie of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’ From there, we did a venn diagram to do a compare and contract exercise.
- Instruct the child as to how they will be expected to behave.
I can’t wait to check out another live theatre with my own kids! After this field trip, I’ve been obsessing in doing research for the next live musical in our area. Of course, community theatre, then we can move on up to real broadway!
Have you taken your child to see a live theatre? How was your experience?