So I notice via Bard In Boston that a local production of Much Ado begins soon. It got me thinking, maybe this would be a good time to introduce my kids to a real Shakespeare show? I'm not sure if the 3yr old could sit still that long, but the 5yr old might. I saw Much Ado a couple years back when they did it on the Common, and I remember them playing it up very slapstick, almost like a Scooby-Doo cartoon (where Benedick is listening to his friends talk, stalking silently behind them and then freezing like a statue every time they turn around). There's no violence to speak of, other than the whole "We think Hero's dead but not really" thing.
Or, she might not be ready for it at all. So I thought I'd throw it out there. Got any experience with 5yr olds at Shakespeare shows, particularly this one? I also don't want to be disruptive by having her be the only one in attendance (which I'm sure would contribute to making her more uncomfortable than she'd normally be).
(Context, for my new readers - my kids know about Shakespeare. They know who he was, and they know the general plot to many of the stories, including Tempest, Twelfth Night, R&J, and King Lear. I've never tried to work through the text with them at this age, but I have told them the stories to the best of my ability and answered all of their questions, of which there are many.)