One of 9YO mudgirl’s favorite all-time movies is Annie (the Albert Finney/Aileen Quinn version); so when I heard a radio commercial for a National Tour of Annie coming to the WVU Art’s Center (about an hour and a half away), I was very excited. It’s one night only. December 9th. I thought, maybe as an early Christmas gift? She’s almost 10, and very well-behaved. Probably old enough for live theater if it’s something that engages her!
So as soon as I got home (heard the ad on the car radio), I looked it up online. It’s a Wednesday night. And the radio station is based in a town an hour away from the Arts Center.
If it’s a ‘national tour’, I can certainly understand it only hitting WV for one night, and not even being able to necessarily get it on a weekend. But come on, this is Annie! They (the commercials) are selling it as “a family favorite!” Don’t you think it could maybe start an hour earlier? If it did, I’d seriously consider shelling out the bucks and taking her. As it is, though, only younger kids who live in the immediate vicinity are going to be able to see it, Even if you live right there, I’d assume the show will run until 9:30; then, consider battling parking, etc., it’s at least 10PM by the time you get home, 10:30 by the time you get the kids into bed.
On a school night!
Maybe I’m being naive, and they’ll sell plenty of tickets just as-is, but this seems somewhat ill-conceived to me. I’d have really liked to be able to take my daughter, but on a school night, there’s no way.