We are very fortunate that we live so close to the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit Maine. The playhouse is celebrating it’s 85th birthday this year.
My husband Errol and I go to at least three plays a season, because we enjoy them so much. Aya has begun to show a great interest in plays and musicals. She went to a small town version of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, and has seen some on T.V. She also loves to dance, so I thought that maybe this year we could find a play appropriate for her to attend. After looking into it, I found that the playhouse has a children’s theater camp each summer. The kids ages 9-16 do a full performance on the playhouse stage after only a week of camp. This year, they were doing The Lion King Jr. and Alice in Wonderland Jr. I gave Aya the choice, and she chose Alice. After a long awaited time, the day was finally here. Aya dressed in her best, and off we went.
We were not disappointed! The kids in the play did an amazing job! None of us could believe that they had only had a week to prepare. Aya sat on the edge of her seat, through the whole play, mesmerized. After the play was over, everyone was invited to go out to the garden, and visit with the characters in the play. To tell the story of Alice getting smaller, and then taller, then normal sized, they had 3 different young ladies playing the parts. Aya just loved the “small Alice”, and that was who she wanted to see. It took awhile for us to find her, but we did, and she graciously allowed us to take a picture of her and Aya.
Aya then decided that she really wanted to meet the caterpillar also, so off we went to find her. She also was very pleasant, and accommodating.
Aya, Papa, and I enjoyed ourselves so much, that we’ll probably make a point to attend one children’s play each year. Maybe when Aya gets older, she’ll be able to go to children’s theater camp, and little girls will be seeking her out.