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Beauty and the Beast Ballet, Tea Party March 18

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Beauty and the Beast

Columbia City Ballet’s tea parties are wonderful memory-makers for children! And tickets are going FAST for the tea party for Beauty and the Beast on Saturday, March 18th at 1:30pm, before the 3pm matinee ballet performance.

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We had an amazing time at our first tea party for Nutcracker! There are beautiful tables set with real tea cups, center pieces, decorations. You have a gazillion choices for treats at the buffet table, cakes, cookies, fruit, other treats. There are also several fun crafts set up for the children to do related to the show. And (our favorite part) you can meet the performers and take pictures!

teapartyreginaTickets are $25 per person and may be purchased in advance by calling the Columbia City Ballet at 803-799-7605. The tea party is take place in the Koger Center for the Arts ballroom.

Following the tea party, enjoy the matinee performance of Beauty and the Beast! There is also an evening performance at 7:30pm.

Tickets can be purchased through Koger Center for the Arts at https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/USCK/

“But it’s ‘the ballet’? You think I should take my kids to the ballet?”
Yes! I could site all kinds of statistics on the benefits of music, dance and the arts. The earlier you introduce your children to live performances the better! It’s not going to be a perfect outing every time. But that’s true for any type of outing. Here are some tips to help increase the odds have a successful adventure.

1. Make sure they are fed. A hungry kid can be a cranky kid.
2. Make sure they are well rested. A tired kid can be a cranky kid.
3. Make sure they’ve gone potty. Getting up in the middle of a show for a bathroom break is no fun.
4. Practice. Most productions, whether ballet or musicals or whatever, are two hours long with an intermission in the middle. One hour of being quiet and still is doable. Practice by watching movies at home or videos of ballets and other live performances. Talk about how it’s respectful of the performers and other audience members to be quiet and still.
5. A little wiggle is ok. They don’t have to be statues. Have you ever tried sitting PERFECTLY STILL for anything of time? Don’t panic if they shift in their seat, change positions, want to sit in your lap, etc. Imagine a bubble from the floor to the height of just above their head while sitting in the seat, from your armrest to the armrest on the other side of them and from the back of their seat to just behind the seat in front of them. If they move (quietly) within that bubble, it’s probably ok.
6. Little whispers are ok. Of course they are going to have questions or comments. It’s a really cool experience! This is another thing that is good to practice while watching a movie or video. Try to help them see “stopping points” being scenes that would be a good time to ask something. Practice quietly getting your attention and whispering a question in your ear.
7. It’s not the end of the world if you have to step out. If it’s just too much or they are too wiggly or can’t be quiet, it’s ok to step out. Try to leave quietly and quickly. Hang out in the lobby until intermission or the end of the show. It’s better to step out quickly (preferably during a “stopping point”) and chill in the lobby until intermission than it is to try to force the issue, for you, the kid and those around you. You won’t be the first parent to have to do it or the last.

The more shows they go to, the easier it gets! So get your tickets now and come see Beauty & the Beast!

1 Comment

  1. Janice Keisler

    March 8, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I would love to win tickets to see beauty and the beast for my daughter and have a daughter mom date!

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