The Academy of Music is a famous venue in Philadelphia, so my husband I were looking forward to seeing the Nutcracker there - first time for both of us. It is beautiful from the outside and inside. Our seats were in the Family Circle, which sounded friendly and a good place to sit. Well, that was far from the truth. We took an elevator up to this level, and found our seats in Section H, Row E, seats 47-49. When we looked down at the stage, we could see may 1/3 of it. When more people took their seats, our vision area went down to maybe 1/8th of the stage. There were many families sitting here with small children- those tiny people could see even less than us. When we purchased these tickets, we chose seats that were not designated as "obstructed". So I was thinking that even though the seats were in the side sections, we would still see the stage. But that was not the case, and when we saw people leaving around us after about 30 minutes, we followed. It was a shame that we never saw the real meat of the production. No one questioned us- the ushers were lounging outside. I guess they were accustomed to seeing people departing. If you want to go to the Academy and really enjoy it, you would have to pay the big prices for you seats.
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