Taking a baby to the theater has all the traces of an odyssey; is an unsuitable activity: pretending to see a Shakespeare play (long pieces, twisted arguments, a multitude of characters, etc.) can end up in what the author was looking for, a real "tragedy"!
However, like all that evolves, the theater has undergone changes, and has also adapted to the tastes and needs of the younger ones. Let's see why it is important for babies to attend theatrical performances.
A different way to learn and have fun
It is easy to understand: for some time, we found plays adapted specifically to babies, in their different stages of growth. Although the ideal age to start them in this art is the six months, we can find plays for babies even smaller. It is about consulting the billboard and seeing the recommended age for each representation. Everything will depend on their reactions to new stimuli, but at a very early age they can enjoy the new sensations that the theater will bring.
A relevant fact is that babies, as a public, are not conditioned by the relevance of a play, nor do they have concerns that make them "interpret" the representation in one way or another. Even if it is not their first time in a theater, each show will bring something new, which will help their development both psychic and emotional, as well as having fun, learning.
But all that glitters is not gold, although in the end this maxim does not imply a real problem; theatrical pieces, as mentioned above, are adapted to babies (whether versions of more or less classic plays, or new compositions already designed exclusively for them), but must fulfill certain requirements.
For this to be possible, and without pretending to create any paradigm, there are some key points that must be kept in mind:
. It is recommended that the pieces do not last more than 30 minutes; at least until a certain age. For babies it is practically impossible to pay attention for longer, other than to get tired.
. Because it is a so short time, it is common for the company to make several passes during the day (either in the morning or in the afternoon, if not all day). It is necessary to try to adapt the schedules to the needs of the baby, so that he/she can enjoy with a certain guarantee of the show
. The plays must be represented in small spaces and with limited capacity, where it is guaranteed a sufficient proximity to the stage so that the baby can be with the maximum of senses pending of what is happening
Very visual shows
On the other hand, the actors, especially if they represent other roles for adults, where the audience is supposed to be more attentive, must bear in mind that it is very possible that their performance is interrupted by crying, impatience, etc. They are already accustomed and do not pose any problem, in addition in their DNA have the gene of the challenge very active and prepared for any eventuality.
But the best way to capture the attention of a audience so special and fun with which to interact is with plays full of music and color, very visual, with much movement, where the senses of children are strengthened, and where the language or the plot of what is represented is the least important.
All of them are elements that guarantee a faster learning (colors, etc.) and above all very entertaining. In addition, it is a practically infallible method to alleviate their fear of the dark, to relate the scarcity of light that usually there is in the theatrical representations with something that they like and excites.
If you get your baby to be attentive, its look expresses different emotions with what she/he sees, and even smile, you will realize that the campaign has been a success. And if he/she cries or kicks, nothing happens. It may be the case that they are developing more or less exquisite tastes and don’t particularly like the work they are seeing, or simply that they are not ready yet to attend this kind of shows.
One final tip: a good way to start babies in the theater is with puppets!
Tell us about your experience: how was your first time in a theater with babies and what play did you see?