We scored tickets to watch the boy who could fly and his band of lost boys on opening night last week. I’ve always loved musicals and had planned to take the boys when they were ready. Since I’ve been looking at ways to expose the boys to music – especially after reading the total immersion concept from the Suzuki Method, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to introduce them to their first musical. Being an hour long, I was initially worried whether they could make it all the way through the musical. Gareth, recently turned 1 year old, has the attention span of Dory from Finding Nemo, and Gavin, nearly 4 years old, is attentive only to all things Thomas.
To my pleasant surprise, both boys took to Peter Pan the Musical like fish to water. They were utterly mesmerised by the lights, colours and music. Gavin enjoyed it so much that we ended up buying him the book – the Disney version, of course – and he sat through the entire story while I read the book cover to cover. So not only did they both get to watch their first ever musical, we also succeeded in helping Gavin broaden his literary interest.
The musical was held at the Amphitheatre @ Sunway Lagoon, which is an outdoor setting. I was a little worried it would be too hot and humid for Gareth, but it was surprisingly cool with the big fans blasting from the back. Although they took care to keep the mosquitoes at bay, I stuck a mozzie patch on for the kids just to be on the safe side.
Gareth got a little restless in the seat so I took him to the back of the theater and “walked” him behind the back row of chairs. Once I fulfilled his need to move, he was quite happy watching the musical. Despite being so far back, we were still able to enjoy the show. There were a few occasions when the music was a bit loud which didn’t bother Gareth but I was worried the volume might have been a bit much for his delicate baby ears. Gavin enjoyed the show so much that he wanted to go again.
My only gripe was that the volume adjustment between the singing and background music was not balanced so it was difficult to hear what they were singing during some of the more upbeat songs. I understand that it is difficult to adjust in an outdoor setting but perhaps it is something they can work on in future.
I was only half listening because I was distracted by the kids but I recall the CEO of Sunway Lagoon saying something about the sets being designed by a Malaysian and being locally made which I thought was something to be proud of because the sets were beautiful.
Overall, it was a terrific experience for the kids and I’m really glad they got this opportunity to watch Peter Pan the Musical. If you are planning to bring the kids, it is probably worth while going to watch it a second time without them so you can fully appreciate the musical without being interrupted by the kids.
Peter Pan the Musical is being held at Sunway Lagoon Amphitheater from now until Jan 2. They have performances everyday of the week except Tuesdays. Check out the Sunway Lagoon website for show times and ticketing.
Tips if you plan to bring young children:
- Get the seats in the upper circle if you are worried your children might want to leave partway because the ticket prices are only a fraction of the price of the dress circle. Also the music isn’t quite as loud up the back which is probably better for young children. The view is still good and they can still appreciate the musical without having to be right up front.
- Bring mosquito repellent.
- Bring a fan – just in case, although I thought the cooling system that they had in place was more than adequate. My two boys who are usually hot all the time were fine throughout.
- Don’t bother with the stroller, bring the baby carrier instead.
For more sneak peeks, you can check out Tianchad.com.