Television and movies have numbed our minds and senses to the point where nothing really surprises us anymore. There’s so much animation and special effects that we come to expect the unexpected.
That isn’t the case when you see a performance on the theatre stage. Your mind knows that you aren’t seeing characters on a screen. You’re actually seeing real people bringing characters to life right before your eyes.
Today I was reminded just how cool, entertaining, and yes, magical live theatrical performances can be.
My oldest daughter was dancing as a blue soldier in The Nutcracker. It was her first time doing this ballet and it was presented at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. Which I think is one of the best stages for live performances in Iowa.
Needless to say my daughter was more than excited! The rest of our family was excited too. We had a whole group of Grandmas, Grandpas, an Aunt, Uncle, and niece all attending the first show.
Even though we purchased our tickets separately, in two separate transactions at different times, we end up sitting all together! What are the odds of that happening in a theatre that holds a little more than 2,700 people. My mother would call that a “God wink”.
Once I realized we were all sitting together I had another reason to be exited besides watching my daughter on the stage. I had a clear view of my 4 year old niece and could spy her reactions to what she was seeing.
The looks on her face are what reminded me of the magic of the theatre. If she saw a Christmas tree double or triple in size in a movie or cartoon I doubt she’d think anything of it… but seeing it happen on a stage right in front of her made her jaw drop and her eyes light up.
To be honest, I enjoyed that part as well. I enjoyed it all! The dancing was amazing, the music familiar, and the scenery and lighting was great too.
I couldn’t have asked for a better experience seeing The Nutcracker for the first time.
Do you have your own “theatre magic” story? I’d love to hear it