Introducing the boys to opera

I really enjoy variety in the activities and trips we take
as a family. But something we have
never tried is opera, I am not sure what the boys would make of all the singing
and they might not understand quite what the show is about but they would
absolutely love the costumes.

We have plans to visit London so the ENO is very convenient and I really think the boys would be captivated by The Pirates of Penzance. There seems to be quite a bit of debate whether it is actually child friendly, but I think that’s more about children getting bored of the performance rather than being scared by anything in particular.

My two
have always liked pirates anyway from dressing up as much younger children, as
toddlers they were often seen brandishing a cutlass and speaking in pirate
tongue! The backdrops and pirate ship
will keep them focused on the witty tale.

My two have quite a good attention
span for films and pantomimes so I am hopeful they would be the same with
this. Plus The Pirates of Penzance is
all about silliness, being a comic opera with lots of swordfights it will
interest my pair of rapscallions.

A few
of the more racy jokes will be missed completely by the children hopefully! Although saying that the
other day my son was listening to a song on the radio and asked “what is magic
in your pants?” – so perhaps they are starting to listen more closely to
things… (Cue some quick parenting fabrications!). The performances are
on May through to June and it’s a chance to introduce your children to
something a bit different and more memorable. 
Given that The Pirates of Penzance originally premiered in 1879 it must
be doing something right to still be going strong all these years later.

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