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PNB's A Magical Midsummer Night's Dream Through Children's Eyes
By Danica and Leandra Law
Posted April 7, 2008

Photo Angela Sterling

    A Midsummer Night's Dream a delight for all ages? At least that's what it says on the website of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. I wanted to find out myself and decided to take my daughters to one of PNB's matinees that are specifically tailored to children. At these matinees, children can come dressed up and enjoy crafts, drop-in dance classes and other fantastic surprises. On Saturday, the surprise was a magician who kept the children entertained prior to the performance.

    Here is what the children had to say ...  

A Magical Midsummer Night's Dream
By Danica Law (9 years)

    Yesterday, my mom, my sister and I went to a ballet called A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Many children were dressed up as fairies and princesses. When we arrived we could make our own wands and tiaras. When my mom picked up the tickets we saw a magician. He was a really good magician and he made us laugh. Amazingly, he could make pictures in a coloring book appear and disappear.  

    Then it was time to see the ballet. We sat down. When the conductor came in, everybody clapped. They started playing and the curtain went up. The ballet started. I saw the king and the queen of the fairies. They were fighting over the Indian boy. I personally thought the king looked a little evil but the fairy queen was very beautiful and glittery.  

    My favorite character was Puck because he was very funny and danced very well. He had a special flower that could make people fall in love with each other. Unfortunately, he messed up. He made characters fell in love with the wrong people. At the end, he fixed the mess. 

    All the ballet dancers danced beautifully. It looked a little painful when the ballerinas stood on their tippy toes. Still it looked very gracious and elegant.  

    The ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream was very magical. I found the settings and the costumes very delightful and fairy-tale like.  

    At the end of the ballet, when Puck was bowing to the audience, everybody was cheering for him most.  

    I can’t wait to see the next ballet.


A Funny Midsummer Night's Dream
By Leandra Law (7 years)

    We went to a ballet on Saturday. It was a very funny ballet. I will tell you why. My favorite character was Puck because he was the funniest character. He had a purple flower that he would wave in front of other people’s noses and made them fall in love with somebody. He made some mistakes, though.  

    The king of the fairies waved the purple flower of love in front of the fairy queen’s face while she was sleeping. When she woke up she did not see the king but the donkey. She fell in love with the donkey. Everybody was laughing.  

    At the end of the ballet, Puck was still my favorite character. He hooked is arms in a glittery spider web and was pulled up into the air.  

    The dancing was beautiful. I loved the parts where the men carried the ballerinas above their heads.  

    My second favorite part was when they stood on their tippy toes. 

    My third favorite part was when a male dancer did splits in the air.  

    When the ballet was over the crowd was cheering like crazy.  

    I want to go back another time.

PNB offers another matinee on Sunday, April 13 at 1 pm
A Midsummer Night's Dream runs through April 13


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