By Rachel Gellis
I can remember attending my first live performance as a child as if it were only yesterday. I must have been about four years old. I remember picking out a fancy pink dress, white lace gloves, and patent leather shoes with heels that clicked on the marble floor as I walked into the Wang Theater. I was with my parents, my big sister, and my grandparents. Three generations, enjoying each other’s company and a day at the ballet. It’s an unforgettable memory of time spent together, appreciating the arts as a family.
My blue-collar, working class family made a modest income, but at that moment my sister and I felt like royalty as we found our seats in the front row of the balcony, and listened to the orchestra start up. The Nutcracker began as I gazed out onto the stage in bewilderment and awe. These magical people – dancers and musicians – performing directly in front of me, was unlike anything I had ever seen on television or at the movie theater before.
As Director of the South Shore Conservatory (SSC) Preschool/PreK/Kindergarten program, I feel strongly that all children should have the opportunity to engage in experiences such as these. During the school year our students have multiple opportunities to enjoy live performance with their school friends; and enjoy them they do, learning a little along the way! These shared experiences help build community and enrich the lives of our children. The wonderment of live performance, in a world where children spend so much time behind screens and tablets, is something that is inimitable.
To experience a live performance is not only a memorable experience for a child, but one that will connect a child to the world around them. The sights of bright colors and happy faces. The smell of sweet summer air wafting through the amphitheater. The sound of music and laughter. The feeling of dancing freely in the aisles and making friends in your community. The taste of a picnic lunch on the lawn with your family. These are all things you can expect at SSC’s Wacky Wednesdays family concerts this July.
This family-friendly concert series, sponsored by The Harold and Avis Goldstein Trust, kicks off July 11 with Karen K & the Jitterbugs, and continues the following three Wednesday mornings with Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys (July 18), Debbie and Friends (July 25), and SSC’s ImagineARTS Band (August 1). These performances are tons of fun and provide many memory-making moments!
We welcome all families, neighbors, and community members to join us to experience the joy of attending a live, interactive child-friendly performances. This is a safe environment in which children and adults alike are free to be themselves and be silly. Located in our outdoor amphitheater, children are encouraged to get out of their seats to sing and dance along, while making lifelong memories with their families and friends.
To learn more about South Shore Conservatory’s Wacky Wednesdays family concerts at the Jane Carr Amphitheater, One Conservatory Drive in Hingham, or to purchase tickets, visit sscmusic.org/wacky/, call 781-749-7565, or find South Shore Conservatory on Facebook. Protected by the covered amphitheater, Wacky Wednesdays performances take place rain or shine.