Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pearl Plays PDX #8 - Cinderella at the Keller Auditorium

Full Disclosure - I received two free tickets for this event as a media guest, but was not required to write about the show.  All opinions are my own.

Last night Pearl and I attended Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella at the Keller Auditorium.  I knew the basic Cinderella story going into it and felt it would be decently suited for Pearl (at 3.5 years old) to enjoy.  She loves princesses, but I was a little nervous the stepmother character would be too mean and scare her.  Thankfully, the stepmother was more comically rude than evil.  The stepsisters were also great.  One was rude, but hilarious and the other sister was very sweet.  Pearl wasn't afraid at any point during the show.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is a bit different than the story you might remember from your childhood.  There is a lot more comedy infused into the show which I appreciated.  They added in positive messages around kindness and caring for the poor.  It had more substance than the Disney version I grew up with.  Pearl especially loved Cinderella's magically quick costume changes and was in awe when the fairy godmother started to fly.
The show started at 7:30 and I wasn't sure how that was going to work out for us.  Pearl is usually in bed by 8:30 so I knew she would be up substantially later than normal.  Sometimes that results in a really cranky kid, but she was so entertained that it didn't seem to matter.  She almost fell asleep near the end, but really wanted to see the wedding and managed to stay awake.
Pearl did extremely well during the show.  It kept her entertained and in the moments when she would lose focus, she mostly started looking around for other kids in their princess dresses.  She never left her seat except to sit on my lap occasionally.  I was honestly a little afraid she would try to get up and wander around, but that never happened.
The Keller Auditorium caters to bringing small children pretty well.  They have booster seats that are available for rent for just $1.  I would highly recommend getting a booster seat if you take your toddler to a show.  I noticed kids as old as 7 or 8 using the booster seats as well.  
The one thing I wasn't prepared for was how much cash I would need to have.  I didn't even consider the need to bring extra cash, but it would have come in very handy.  We parked in a nearby garage so the two of us didn't have to walk far which was $6 cash only.  I knew we would need to buy water which was also a cash only purchase.  Then we paid $1 to use a booster seat.  After those purchases, the $10 I had in my purse was gone.  I would definitely take more cash next time.  I just assumed you could use a card for all purchases at the event, but that was not the case.
Another thing worth mentioning is that you are not allowed to take any photos at all once you are in the auditorium at Keller.  If you want pictures to remember the evening with your child, take them before you get to your seats.  They are sticklers about it and everyone who tried to take a photo near us was caught.  I was thankful we took a few photos at home to remember our evening before we left.  I should have gotten one of Pearl in front of the theater, but there were so many people by the time we arrived.
It was a special evening for Pearl and I as we don't usually get one-on-one time like that.  Pearl really thought it was magical and even the people around us kept commenting on how happy she looked to be there.  I can't wait for an opportunity to take her to another show in the future.


February 17 - 22, 2015  |  Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay

Tuesday  |  7:30pm
Wednesday  |  7:30pm
Thursday |  7:30pm
Friday |  7:30pm
Saturday  |  2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday   1:00pm & 6:30pm

Most shows have American Sign Language interpreted and
Open Captioned performances.  Please call the Portland Opera Box Office
for more information or email
Ticket can be purchased:
Portland Opera Box Office: 503- 241-1802 or toll free at 866-739-6737
Portland’5 Box Office: 800-273-1530, All TicketsWest locations


  1. It's a shame they didn't have those cardboard stands of the poster or something for people to take photos with before the show! She looks adorable in that coat - I never would have gotten a coat like that as a child or even now for fear of it not staying white...

    1. It's possible they did have a sign and I just didn't see it. There were a lot of people and I was pretty distracted by trying to find my way to the press table.

  2. Glad you had a good time! I'm going on Friday and am excited about it as a big fan of Cinderella growing up. What a fun mother-daughter outing!

  3. What fun!!! Nate and I were there too and we had a blast!!! I'm so glad Pearl enjoyed it. :-)

    1. Did Nate enjoy it? I'm not sure how my husband would have liked it.

  4. Sounds like a fun night. I would love to take Audrey to something like this!

  5. this sounds awesome! i love cinderella and would have loved to see the musical here!


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