Okay, I’m just twisting down a shame spiral right now because not only did I neglect to mention yet another theater experience (I added items to the last post, in case you missed it), but I also found a typo in an old post. Am I losing my touch? Did I ever have a touch? I am feeling discouraged, and this, along with the fact that my cute husband is deeply overworked and the rain is quite possibly turning to snow and piling onto the roads while I sit here waiting for J to finish her gymnastics class has put me into a foul mood. I’m going to try to shake it off.
As I started looking into the plans for the weekend, I was overjoyed to see that the Lake George Opera is doing their first of several area performances of The Three Little Pigs. Now, I don’t understand opera. And I don’t just mean, I can’t understand Italian or German. . . I just don’t “get” it. Do you remember in Pretty Woman, when Julia Roberts sees her first opera? She gets so excited she “nearly peed her pants”, and Richard Gere tells her that people are divided into two groups: those (clever and passionate types) who instinctively love opera, and those pathetic poseur losers who just wish that they were that cool? I mean, he puts it more nicely than that, but we know what he means. Well, I’m firmly entrenched in the not-as-cool-as-the-leggy-hooker camp. That said, I was able to watch the Lake George Opera group doing The Three Billy Goats Gruff not too long ago, and it was great. The kids all loved it, and frankly, it was just my speed, too. I mean, I knew the story and I could understand the words because they’re singing very clearly in English. They make it accessible for kids and, in doing so, accessible for me! woo, hoo!
Now, if that’s not enough to tempt you, they perform for free! A 45-minute opera for your and your children’s cultural edification! Performed in various venues, starting with this Saturday at the Schenectady Civic Players’ theater at 2 pm. I’ll be adding their performances into my regular listings, too, but it’s worth it to mark your calendars now if you know that there’s a time and place that works for you.