We grew up attending free concerts and plays in the glorious Washington Park Amphitheater. When I became older, they stopped doing free events and instead hosted rock concerts. That has since stopped, I'm guessing because of complaints from the neighborhood association. Now the events are generally more low key and not as invasive to the surrounding neighborhood.
I talked to my sister Nadine after the play, and she expressed interest in attending when she and her family passed through Portland on the weekend. She asked if we would like to see it again, and we thought, "Why not?" We can't resist free or cheap family fun events, especially in the beautiful Oregon summer (which goes from July to September!). So we went yet again on Sunday evening, this time with Nadine and David and their family, and my parents.
This time we bought six Hershey bars and Kieran and Mike planted a "golden ticket" in each one of them, for each of the six boys. My mom was amazed that Nicholas was able to eat the whole chocolate bar. Not me! Nicholas must have gotten the theater gene, as well, for he very attentively and quietly sat through both shows. The kids got to sit down in the front, and Kieran loved getting all the actors to sign his program after the show!