Don’t have the extra cash for expensive night performances? See if matinees are cheaper. Matinees, in general, are usually more kid friendly and the patrons more relaxed; although we’ve had mostly positive responses to the boys at night performances. Many symphonies (and other performance groups) have a children’s performance that are somewhat of a glorified dress rehearsal. Many productions offer schools discounted tickets—sometimes with the opportunity for a Q &A session before or after. It never hurts to see if homeschoolers are welcome. Some places even offer productions geared toward homeschoolers.
Don’t have access to the big-city variety of performances? Local community theatre, high school, and civic symphonies offer wonderful and affordable events. Still not something you can swing because of number of children or their ages are of concern? Check out films from the library. We’ve introduced opera to the boys this way. HMS Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance, The Barber of Seville, and The Magic Flute are all good choices. We’ve watched productions in German and Italian and the boys have had no problem following the general storyline.
A benefit of checking out films from the library is the story can be paused, explained, restarted, paused for bathroom breaks, re-watched, enacted later, or if you have children like mine they will act along at the same time during a second viewing. And then re-perform for, oh the next few
Really, a huge source of entertainment—especially the Major-General's Song.