Sailor Babo goes to the ballet!

Last Saturday, Sailor Babo went to see Pacific Northwest Ballet’s magnificent production of Swan Lake.   It was at McCaw Hall.  Sailor Babo marveled at the kinetic sculpture that lives in the grand entryway.


He also enjoyed seeing some of the costumes from other productions on display in the lower lobby.


Then he got a cupcake, and was only slightly disappointed that it didn’t have the mini ballerina on top of which he had seen a photo.


Then he admired the kinetic sculpture again from the second floor lobby.


He didn’t want to be late for the performance, so he hustled through the crowd to get to the auditorium.


Once he found his seat, he checked out the orchestra pit.  The musicians were warming up.


Then he looked back at the rest of the audience in the almost-full house.


He had a great seat, and was enthralled by the whole production, especially the wonderful performances by Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried.


Sailor Babo was so enthralled that when he saw his good friend Ice-Bat appear as the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart, he decided to join in the action.


Despite the “no recording” policy at McCaw Hall, somebody was able to capture brief footage of Sailor Babo’s historic appearance.  (He really hopes the ballerina was not injured in the incident.)

After the performance and numerous curtain calls, he visited the gift shop and shopped for his own tutu.


Disappointingly none of them were the right size.  However, the afternoon ended on a happy note when he made a new friend.


(With apologies to PNB.)

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21 Responses to Sailor Babo goes to the ballet!

  1. I love that view of the orchestra pit. There’s something almost magical about hearing the musicians warm up and tune, like they’re summoning the spirits of the hall. That, and the lights on their music stands. I need to go see a classical concert or opera!

  2. homebody says:

    Oo, I love the image of summoning the spirits of the hall! Yes, magical!

  3. Lurkertype says:


    SB really likes the ballerinas.

  4. Laurie says:

    I’m so disappointed we didn’t get to see Sailor Babo in his own tutu, but the rest of the outing was lovely!

  5. mmcurator says:

    That’s so cool!! Looks like he had a great time…we just need to find him a tutu!!

    • homebody says:

      There’s a little fabric store down the street which has an impressive selection of fancy trimmings and ruffles … I think this may be a good bet for outfitting Sailor Baborina. Just gotta make time to go there…

  6. Pingback: Sailor Babo’s sweater is too large! | Postcards from Sailor Babo

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