When the Charliemoos family asked if we would like to go to see Romeo And Juliet at The Lighthouse Theatre near where we live, it was an easy decision to make. Despite being on a school night, I reasoned that it was close to half term, so one late night wouldn’t hurt too much, so off we went for Miss A’s first trip to the ballet.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been to the ballet, and this was going to be Miss A’s first experience. When we arrived and took our seats, I did wonder if the girls would be too young to appreciate the experience, but despite only seeing two other children in the audience, they were so well behaved and both looked mesmerised when the show was on.
I had to try to recall the details of Romeo And Juliet as well. The ballet, brought to Poole by the Moscow City Ballet and accompanied by the Moscow City Ballet Orchestra were all amazing. The story was told so well through music and dancing and it wasn’t long before I was almost familiar with the story line again.
Miss A asked a few questions sometimes, and there were a few titters in the audience with some well timed comedy moments. She didn’t quite understand why Juliet had married Romeo but was then being made to marry another man, but through our whispers I explained the story to her.
Despite being over three acts, and the show not ending until 10.30pm meaning a very late night for us all, I thought the story line progressed well through the middle, and perhaps was drawn out through the last act, but the choreography was worth the wait as Romeo’s dance with a sleeping Juliet was amazing. You could see they had so much trust in each other as dancers to portray the feelings out to the audience through dance.
I think we will definitely make the effort to widen our horizons with what we choose to watch in the theatre in the future.