So ... I got an email about yesterday's post from someone asking that I write and tell her what the glitch was at the Elgin Theatre where we saw Snow White with the girls. Apparently she's going after Christmas and was wondering if it was something she should know. I thought about it and realised that if I'd read a blog about what happened and what the easy fix was, I'd have appreciated it. AND I get to put in more pictures.
We were advised to be there right at opening time to pick up our tickets and to make sure that everything was fine with the seating. We got there and got in and got the tickets, no problem. I asked the ticket people about the seating and they said that the ushers would assist me to my seat, but assured me that everything was in place and ready for me.
So we went up and found a bench near the doors which were not yet opened. One of the ushers, when asked, pulled out a small map of the theatre and showed me where our seats were. I didn't orient myself correctly to the map, as I was to find out, so I picked the door nearest where I thought I needed to go. I sat back and relaxed, all had gone smoothly.
When the doors opened I headed over to where I thought I should enter. The door was excruciatingly narrow. Yikes. My chair did not fit. I began to panic. This I did not anticipate. The usher, a man who had worked at the theatre for years said, before I could ask, 'All the doors are the same size.' Mike noticed that I was being held back by a small piece sticking out on the arm of may chair. He gently pushed the arm in and I made my way through the door. It's a very narrow door. My powerchair fits everywhere pretty much. My manual is much wider and wouldn't have made it through the door no matter what was pushed in.
I didn't go out and join the kids for juice at intermission. Instead I sat in and figured out how to get out. I didn't want to cause any bother so I decided to wait until everyone was gone and then get through the tiny door. After the applause died down, we waited, the kids were patient, probably because we took them down to the front and they could look down in the orchestra pit, there was even a fellow there, one of the musicians who talked to them briefly. Nice guy. Then it was up and to the door.
As I was heading over to the door Ruby yelled, 'Hey look at that door!' She was pointing to the first two doors which were WIDE really, really WIDE. I sailed through with at least 8 inches on either side of the chair. No problem at all. Awesome - except for the worry during the show and the missed intermission. Awesome because that means I can come back to the theatre, I'd put it out of my mind as I didn't like the trial of getting in. Why the usher didn't know that the doors were decidedly NOT the same size, I don't know, but he didn't.
But, now you do.
And I've learned a lesson. Check things out for myself. The usher had probably never had to look at the doors for access or for any other reason actually - but I'm the one who needed it, I should have looked, and will in the future.
But minor glitch.
Because this is what we got at the end of the day in the car on taking the kids home: