I am so grateful for programs and groups who have activities targeted to special needs children and families. We ran into “Paul” at a BYU Volleyball Game a few weeks back. He was one of the boys’ teachers last year and is heavily involved with the Utah Regional Ballet executive board and he mentioned there would be a special pre-open performance for families with special needs children.
I wasn’t sure how the boys would take a ballet performance. Quite honestly, I think I’ve been to the Nutcracker once ages ago and I don’t remember too much of it. However, the performance was Peter Pan and since the boys are familiar with the story, we took a chance.
We ended up running into a number of friends there. . . . . DJ from their class showed up and sat with the boys fourth row from stage right in the middle. I think we were the loudest section. We also saw a handful of kids from their school, a few other parents we’ve met through different autism functions, and even one of my college friends who I haven’t seen for 7 years was there with her son.
The boys really enjoyed the performance. All three boys had Peter Pan hats on and they laughed and cheered. We had bets going on whether or not the crocodile would be real or not and also, if we’d see Darth Vader or a storm trooper come out.
There were pockets of empty seats throughout the hall and I’m sure that if this becomes a consistent event, those seats will be gone quickly. I am extremely that we were able to take our kids ~ now I know they will be interested in a show like this . . . though we’d need to work on our volume control!
Thank you Paul . . . . Thank you to Utah’s Regional Ballet Group . . . . . we appreciate your consideration and hospitality!