On Feb 1st, I went with my son Ben's second grade class to see the play Charlotte's Web at the Berklee Performance center.
We took the T downtown, saw the play, and took the T back to school.
The kids were excited by the whole idea of the trip, and horsed around while waiting to go.
Some parents went along as chaperones, each in charge of two children.
I was in charge of my son Ben, and a remarkably cheerful boy named Billy.
At every stage, we had to line up and wait to move again.
The T ride was fun, but crowded. A few commuters liked the novelty of 50 kids, but not many!
The theater was a short walk from the T.
Waiting for the play to start took a long time too.
Finally, the curtain went up, and the play was quite good. Six actors played all the parts, except Wilbur who only had one. The sets were simple things, changed for the different scenes by the actors as they came and went.
Some of the costume changes seemed extravagant, but they must have been wearing more than one at many points in the action. There was plenty of slapstick to keep the kids laughing, but they didn't lose sight of the heart of the story.
Then it was time to head back to the T. Ms. Donovan had wisely brought baggies of animal crackers for the kids (but not the adults!)
The T ride was much more relaxed, no commuters at 11:30.
It was a good way to spend a morning.
I saw a good play,
and got to hang out with a bunch of fun kids!