She did it! 90 minutes of no-intermission and not a tear in her eye or a whine in her voice. No, not Athena! She clapped loudly after every scene and sat wide-eyed with excitement as the Grinch won her heart along with Cindy Lou’s.
Last night, we attended Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and it showed me that children are more capable than we give them credit for.
It was Athena’s first full-length musical and I worried that she wouldn’t be able to sit still or quiet long enough to enjoy the production. It didn’t even start until 7:30 pm which is normally her bed time. Was I setting us up for a meltdown at Segerstrom Center? I had to try. I love musicals, ballet, and any form of theater, especially during the holiday season. I want to experience it with Athena and Darren at my side.
The first scene opened with the Whos singing and dancing. Athena climbed up on my lap and watched them move beautifully and happily around the stage. She smiled and clapped longer than anyone else in the theater. She was mesmerized.
When the Grinch came on stage, she sat back against me. I was worried. Was she going to cry? She doesn’t like scary things. She almost cries every time she sees a mask and Halloween wasn’t an exception. After a couple minutes, I peeked over her shoulder to look at the expression on her face. She was laughing at the silly Grinch. (I think it was the farting that really put him on her good side.) Even during the darker scenes, she didn’t flinch.
The song “Welcome Christmas” was her favorite part. She hummed along and asked if I could play it for her on the way home. Alas, we didn’t even get out of the parking lot and she was fast asleep. The first words out of her mouth this morning were, “Can we listen to The Grinch now?” We’ve been playing it all day. (You can go to http://www.grinchmusical.com/ and listen to all the songs on the site.)
Rather than assuming Athena is too young for theater, I decided to take her along and learn from experience. It was a great decision and it has excited me about the possibilities. She may be a child, but that doesn’t mean we need to live a life of restrictions. We’ll continue to explore the world together.
GOOD TO KNOW
What: Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical”
When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10; 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12; 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13; 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14
Where: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
Cost: Tickets start at $29
Information: (714) 556-2787 or visit scfta.org