It's another case of not being able to please everyone I think.
If you put on something major and only do it in the day time, then working parents get upset...
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27-07-2015 20:39 #31
27-07-2015 20:43 #32
At the end of the day if you miss this year but go to other school events noone is even going to think anything of it.
I know we have missed years of Christmas concerts because it always clashes with a important family event. It's no biggie because my kids to do go the school play and play music for elderly day etc...
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27-07-2015 21:54 #33Senior Member
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I get that the play is important however you will have plenty of other opportunity to become part of the school community over the coming years. I don't understand why schools have these plays so late, why can't they have a day show perhaps on the weekend or start them earlier. I think it is rude for them to charge $20 a seat. From what you have said sounds like it is not been held at the school but at an expensive venue. Venues are great, fantastic opportunity for the students, but at the end of the day I am happy with it to be held at the school with Gold coin donation.
Probably won't be very popular me saying this but most of the time the school plays are so boring until it is the bit when your child is performing than it is awesome.
I have been to so many of school plays ect over the years (my oldest is in year 10) at many different schools, and at the night time ones I have seen so many of the little ones falling asleep. Some schools have let the prep and Kinder kids go home after they perform, would your school consider this? Others have organised babysitting for the younger toddlers and kids. Others have simply had them during school hours, this is not suitable for everyone but many parents have been able to get time of work to attend. Some schools put the play on for the students, during school hours for the whole school, If your school is doing this perhaps you old see the show then.
Speaking from experience, I can say taking a baby or a toddler to these types of occasions can be very stressful indeed. I have been there and between me and my husband we have spent so many of the shows outside, because of an upset or bored younger child, and I have taken all measures possible to prevent this ie food, entertainment ect.
In fact, not that I entirely agree with this, one school my children attended parents with screaming kids have been asked to take them outside as they are interrupting the show for everyone and it is not fair to the students who have put so much work into it. I always take my kids outside anyway, if they are noisy, but I can see this from both sides. It sucks to miss your child perform so you tune out your screaming child but it equally sucks to have someone else's child scream threw the whole thing.
One of my other children, has a high functioning ASD, and freaked out about the play this year.He did not want to do it. Poor kid was loosing sleep and everything about it. To him it was absolutely traumatic. We negotiated with the school and now he is doing behind the scenes stuff like the set and sound production. For some children forcing them to participate can not be the right thing to do.
In view of the cost, your other children and the fact your son is only 6, I would probably not go. Don't feel bad about whatever you chose to do. You have to do what is best for you and your family. Who knows you could go and enjoy it or you could go and spent the wholetime wrangling your other kids and miss the show anyway. Good Luck with your decision xxoo.
28-07-2015 19:03 #34
Talk to the school.
My kids just had a concert not long ago. It was a great production but it went so late. And on a school night. It went for two nights ( the same concert twice). We went the first night then on the second night daughters teacher took them there.
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29-07-2015 05:40 #35
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29-07-2015 09:21 #36
good luck today with the teacher
29-07-2015 09:50 #37
I would opt him out without a doubt, firstly because of the anxiety of performing and secondly because it's outside school hours. If it's part of the curriculum then I would insist on a backstage roll in the afternoon performance only (in a nice way!) I suffer from anxiety, you wouldn't expect an adult to perform on Stage if they were terrified of doing so, why should a child? Good luck op
29-07-2015 09:56 #38
I think there are lots of occasions that an adult with anxiety might be asked to perform on stage for one reason or another – I know that I certainly have had to as part of my work and study obligations.
OP, I would possibly opt out too because of the inconvenience factor.With regards to your son’s anxiety about it, I would have a chat to the teacher and perhaps see if there is a backstage option for him so that he can be a part of the production without performing.
29-07-2015 09:57 #39
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