My daughter has been doing ballet for the past few years and may have the opportunity to be in the Nutcracker with a major ballet group. Auditions are coming up this weekend. She has been in the ballet training program for some time so it is likely that she will get in (however it is not assured).
This weekend a friend came up to me and said that he is taking most of her class to a Taylor Swift concert in a suite and would she like to go with them.
This concert will directly interfere with a practice session. They are pretty big sticklers on that one must attend all of the practices.
So right now I am weighing what to do.
The Taylor Swift thing is a once in a lifetime thing because of the suite with all of her friends. However it is a one time thing.
The Nutcracker is something that would be more beneficial for her. Plus it would be a great experience. However if she doesn't do it this year, she can next year as well (assuming all things are equal). Plus because of her age it would be a minor role (angel, or rat). There will be consequences with picking this because her friends will be talking about the great concert that she didn't go to.
Adding more details:
My daughter is 9
I am not sure how big of a deal missing one practice would be, but I am going to ask. Guessing by the big read underline on the audition form that said that attendance is mandatory that it is mandatory. Maybe for a small role they can make an exception.
It isn't a school thing, it is a major city production thing. So I would have to ask the production manager about a exception. It is my first time doing this, so I don't know how they would react to it.
Currently the parent that offered this doesn't want us to tell the kids till he talks to all of the parents. All of the kids are in the same class, so it would spread pretty quickly. However I have tried to discuss that there is a one time big event going on verses the nutcracker. She is kind of on the fence. Of course she said that she would rather go to something that was like a Taylor Swift concert and she could do the Nutcracker next year. However, I wonder if she really is comprehending the pluses and minuses of each.