Couple gets refund for newborn's $42 Nutcracker ticket


Les Grand Ballets Canadiens says while it doesn't encourage parents to bring young children to its shows — in the future, children under age two, will be admitted for free.

But, for other shows, Place des Arts says its own policy still stands — that parents will have to pay for their young children.

The issue was raised when a Joliette couple were forced to buy a $42 dollar ticket for their three-month-old son for a Dec. 30 performance of the Nutcracker by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens — an amount which Jacques Lareau and his girlfriend Sophie Paquette will be getting back.

The couple and two of their other children, aged six and four, were surprised at having to buy the extra ticket when they showed up to Place des Arts for the performance. But they didn't want to cause a scene, and bought the extra ticket.

But when Lareau got home, he checked out the web site of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and found out there was no clear policy about children under 2 years of age needing tickets.

An official with Place des Arts says the long-standing one-ticket-per-head policy is a security measure, and still stands, but there is room for flexibility, depending on requests from the producers of each individual show.

For future shows put on by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, very young children will be able to get in for free.

The Bell Centre admits children under two for free to its events, provided they sit on an adult's lap. The same is true for Via Rail and Air Canada.

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