Monday, July 14, 2014

Theater Moms vs. Sports Moms

 For the longest time I have been relieved that my eight year old loves art and performing in plays instead of being on sports teams.  While all of her best friends are playing softball in the heat and dealing with a game every weekend, my kid is rehearsing for a play on her school campus.  Our weekends are free, I don't have to schlep her to a ball field, I'm not responsible for bringing snacks on a given day, etc.   Well, I think I got a little cocky and spoke too soon.
Ever since school ended, my daughter has been in a summer theater workshop.  I will start by saying what a positive learning experience it has been for all of the children.
 However, summer theater will sometimes feel like your kid is on a sports team.
* It is every morning, so you may have to deal with a cranky kid when you wake them up early as if it was a regular school day.
* Although the actual performances are held for only two weekends, they are whole weekends; beginning Thursday nights and ending on Sunday afternoons.

* You will find yourself in the heat one day, just like the sports parents.  It starts with standing outside in a line for about an hour because you want to pick a decent seat.  You then proceed into the warm theater where you will be seated on hard plastic chairs for two and a half hours.  Luckily, my husband and I came prepared with ice packs and water.       
* Just as I'm sure sports parents sit with fingers crossed in hopes that their kid has a successful game, I find myself observing my daughter perhaps too much.  Is she smiling enough while singing? Could she have said that line better? etc.
I sound like a stage mother, so it's time to relax and remind myself that she is a kid.
The goal is for the kids to learn, stay active and have some fun.
So I will now think twice before I brag to a sports parent how relieved I am that I am a theater parent.

Shirt:  Gap cat print from last year.
Skirt: Isaac Mizrahi for QVC. Old.
Belt: Anne Klein vintage from Goodwill.
Shoes: Payless flats.

  

6 comments:

  1. Theaters are always sooooo hot. I am a firm believer that a 2 1/2 hour show is too long. Adults can't handle them much anymore and I imagine it would be worse for kids. I like a good 70- 75 minute show with no intermission.
    So happy to hear that your daughter is having a fun time!! Ha! I recently saw a friend's show with her mom and her mom was practically lip synching the lines from the audience and sat forward on her chair the whole time she was so excited. It was sooooo sweet. And mind you, my friend is in her thirties.I don't think you can ever not be a stage mom. Just don't be a crazy critical drama queen stage mom and you'll be an awesome stage mom!
    Thank you so much for sharing these stories. I love 'em!
    xo,cynthia

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    1. Thank you Cynthia!
      I agree that a 70 minute show might be better but it may be hard to edit the famous musicals. The school plays are only about 45 minutes which is perfect.
      As long as she has fun, that's all that matters so it's not worth it to take it too seriously.
      Have a great day,
      Stacey

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  2. I would love my daughter to get into theater. I think it would be good for her. The early mornings? Not so much. My son used to do team sports, but now he does golf. Which is nice and relaxing. I love your shirt!

    Jenni

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    1. Thank you Jenni.
      Yes, the mornings are rough for my daughter. She starts art classes next week in the afternoons which is perfect for her.
      That is great that your son is into golf. It sounds easier than a team sport.
      Have a nice day,
      Stacey

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  3. I love your shirt. The cat print is very cute.

    I think it's wonderful that you're supporting your daughter's interests. I can see the morning wake-up calls being tough for an 8 year old though! What are the kids going to be performing?

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    1. Thank you Liana.
      My rule is that my daughter has to do at least one extracurricular activity during school and summer. I do let her choose, so everything she has ever done has been her choice and not forced upon her. She is quite the night person, which makes getting up hard.
      The cat shirt was a nice Gap find from last year.
      Have a great day,
      Stacey

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