All in all, the performance went well. We did have some potentially disastrous costume malfunctions, though, such as shoelaces coming untied, actors running out with their costume pieces on inside out, or one poor kid who didn't have his outer coat because another kid went out in the wrong costume. The kids went on anyway like troupers and stayed in character. Apparently, the audience didn't notice those things.
From the audience perspective, they told me that all they saw was a polished show with a wonderful message and singable songs. They were so blown away by how the children seemed to know exactly what to do and when to do it. In their eyes, the show flowed seamlessly. The parents and grandparents who sought me out told me that they simply could not believe how we could get kids to learn such a lot in such a sort time - 2 short weeks with so many very young children! One woman told me that she had never seen such a polished children's theater production even in the well-funded community theaters in our town. She loved "A Successor to the Throne" a retelling of the Chinese Folk Tale "The Empty Pot."
One comment I especially appreciated. The mother said that she loved the song at the end where the Emperor sang about comparing the potential of a seed to the potential of a child. She said that made her cry.
So glad that the message came through!