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|Posted: 11/18/2012 12:55:26 PM|I went to all 3 of my DD's ice shows. One year I only went to one and she was really disappointed. My DH will usually only go to one performance. If my mom is in town, she will go to all 3, too. My ILs will go to one as well.
I have been to all her orchestra concerts including her first 2 in college. It's only an hour and a half away. The only ones I missed were when they went on a trip to Europe last spring. Now I will miss some of the Christmas concerts in 2 weeks. There are 4 performances and tickets are $25/each. So we are only going to one performance.
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|Posted: 11/18/2012 1:04:46 PM|
I absolutely go to all of them, unless there is something prohibiting me from doing so that I can't get out of, and then I make sure that my husband is there.
I want my kids to feel my support, but I also want to see them every time!
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|Posted: 11/18/2012 1:04:55 PM|
I always go to the first show and the last show. I like to see how much better the show gets over time. I have a lot of family that also attend the shows so I make sure that there is someone in the audience just for my DD. If it happens that there won't be someone there for a certain show, I always make sure to attend that one as well. Basically my thoughts are the same as yours-it is important that my DD knows someone is in the audience for her.
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|Posted: 11/18/2012 2:01:24 PM|
At $26 a ticket, nope I don't go to all of them. but I am backstage volunteering for almost all of the rehearsal week, and shows
the sports games we were at every one of them.
|Posted: 11/18/2012 2:19:27 PM|
My kids are in a show each year that has 7 performances. DH & I are in the audience for one, I am backstage for all the others (sometimes I am backstage while I should be in the audience!) Lots of other family members/friends go to this show too & we try & co-ordinate so that they are not all there on the same night but they do not have someone in the audience "for them" every night (although there will be people there who know them & are thrilled to see them iykwim). They are fine with this as they are of the opinion that they are putting on the show for the audience whoever that is.
For school productions it is not possible to be at every performance: tickets are very limited & usually each class is assigned a different performance to attend.
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Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 11/18/2012 2:42:37 PM|
I try to make it to all marching band performances including football games. I missed one tournament last year. This past week, they had one on a Thursday. I just started a new job, so I wasn't able to make that one.
There is one coming up that is 2 hours away. They perform in a local parade before that, so I will probably go to the parade and have DH go to the field show tournament. I like for someone to be at everything.
I know a family who has children that do lots of plays. They are sure to be at opening and closing night.
|Posted: 11/18/2012 3:52:54 PM|
We do, but it's only 2 nights. DH and the kids and I go on Friday night and then we go again with DH's mom on Saturday night. Some years I am backstage mom so I only get to see one show but dh and the kids go to both.
|Posted: 11/18/2012 4:19:10 PM|
When I was in high school plays (all 4 years) my parents would come to one night only. My BFF's parents always came to all the performances and I thought that was really lovely. Now with my own kids, we've only had single night arts performances so of course we all attend, but with sports competitions I could be going to something at least one week night and one weekend almost every week of the year!
In my DD's 5 years of cheer I have never missed a competition (once I missed the second day of a 2-day but my mom was there for her.) For all the other kid sports (soccer, baseball, football, basketball and lacrosse) I pick and choose. My DS plays 3 seasons of competitive sports and as a working mom, its just not possible to see every game (nor do I wish to.) For the big games, we make sure at least one parent is there.
|Posted: 11/18/2012 4:38:07 PM|My son was recently Stage Manager in our school's production of The Little Mermaid. I attended every show even though he did not sing, dance or speak one line! I watched him move props on and off stage in the dark because I am that mom! I figure I have about 8 more years before he is gone from home so I cherish every opportunity. When he is out on his own I can do whatever I please with my time.
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|Posted: 11/18/2012 5:00:23 PM|
My parents always came to opening night. I would do the same, unless my child wanted me there more.
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|Posted: 11/18/2012 8:15:41 PM|
I watched him move props on and off stage in the dark because I am that mom!
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|Posted: 11/18/2012 8:52:01 PM|I wouldn't go to every show. When I was in high school, my parents never went to the away games and that was fine with me.
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|Posted: 11/18/2012 8:57:38 PM|
Probably not. A couple of them, sure.
|Posted: 11/18/2012 9:04:38 PM|
I did theater as a child/teen and my parents would hit opening night and closing night and not much more. For two years I was part of the local production of "A Christmas Carol" I couldn't imagine my parents sitting through 40+ shows for two years, that's just excessive. It never bothered me.
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|Posted: 11/19/2012 12:25:46 AM|
My son had his hip hop concert on the weekend. Usually I help in the dressing room for one concert while DSO watches the concert, then I watch the second concert. I want at least one person to be there to see each concert.
5 shows??? No, I would not go to every one. Maybe 2 at the most.
|Posted: 11/19/2012 2:15:56 AM|
My brother and sister were both in theater with multiple performances. I was in band but we only ever had one performance.
My parents only ever went to one performance. However my mom or dad were often there at least one other night with theater boosters. They sold refreshments in the lobby before the performance and during intermission. They also sold flowers that would be delivered to the performers.
I think going to every performance is a bit overkill.
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|Posted: 11/19/2012 3:27:06 AM|
At my kids' schools, the tickets are rationed out and you are on,y allowed 3 per family, and on,y for one performance. This is due to limited seating. When my DD danced in shows I went to every performance, but they were at proper venues.
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|Posted: 11/19/2012 3:48:36 AM|
but I hate the idea of my dd coming out of the stage door and no one having been there just for her.
I felt that way when they were young but by 14 I didn't feel it was necessary for them to have a parent in the audience every time. They know and understand the logic. I'm not sure I could baer to sit through a school show that many times anyway
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|Posted: 11/19/2012 6:21:48 AM|
I wish my kids did do shows, but I'd be there for every performance, just like I never miss a sports game, even if I have to divide myself 3 ways (and that isn't too often).
And they always tell me it's okay if I'm not there, but I always see them checking for me in the stands!
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|Posted: 11/19/2012 6:43:16 AM|
Been to all of them, mostly three performances of each, since sixth grade. High school has a fall & spring show, three performances each.
Don't regret going to any of the of the 31 shows to date have sat through.
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|Posted: 11/19/2012 6:49:30 AM|
Ya, I like the sports analogy .. I go to every baseball game so why not go to every performance? I understand why some wouldn't go every night due to other commitments.
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|Posted: 11/19/2012 2:43:40 PM|Funny you asked, my dd is in a musical coming up and has 16 performances in 3 weeks right in the middle of finals for me, her birthday, school concert, and Christmas! I will not be able to go to all 16 at 3 hrs a performance- not possible. Also at my discount price of $16 per ticket it adds up in addition to costumes, Christmas, etc., I will go to a few and her grandparents will go to a few etc, at least that's the plan at this point - until the guilt sets in
Eta- up to this point I have been at every performance, award, sports event/game, except 2 girl scout meetings when I had my hysterectomy.
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|Posted: 11/19/2012 4:02:12 PM|
I love being backstage with the girls, dealing with quick changes and costume organization. I do sit and watch at least one show, many times more than one, but as others have indicated- start adding up the price of tickets and it can get expensive quickly.
We're doing 6 Christmas shows this December, two competitions, two conventions, 6 recitals, two community performances and performing on a cruise ship. She knows I'm there for her. She knows her family supports her regardless of what side of the stage we are sitting on.
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|Posted: 11/24/2012 9:04:04 PM|
We have been to each of dd's fall field show competitions and all of the home games (they don't play at away games). We also have attended each of her concert percussion competitions except for championships. They are held in Dayton and we just didn't have the money to go. We are hoping to save up enough money to go this year since it is her last year. Dh usually pushes on/off the equipment, so he sees it from the field. I usually help with uniforms, water or meals/snacks.
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