If you’ve clicked here, you might be wondering what studying theatre can do for your child. Theatre arts provide a safe, fun environment for your child to explore areas of performance, public speaking and various avenues of working in the theater, including reading, writing, and direction. I look forward to teaching each child to cultivate their imagination, and discover their amazing talents!
Eastover-Central Theatre Teacher
Learning to Deal with an Audience
As an actor, your child will develop skills that will allow the audience to see, hear, and understand them. We also work on eliminating nervous habits that people often have when in front of an audience.
As an audience member, students will learn how to behave when in a performance situation. We learn to listen, be quiet, and think about what we are watching. We learn about the correct way to use technology in this setting, and about being considerate of other audience members.
Developing Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Skills
One of the greatest fears most adults possess is the fear of speaking in front of an audience. By addressing this fear early on, and providing opportunities for your child to be in front of an audience, we help build their self-confidence. Creative Dramatics also give students the opportunity to work in cooperative learning groups, which means they also develop skills like: negotiating; articulating their point; learning to accept the will of the group; and generally learning to work well with others.
Reading and Writing
Reading and writing are core objectives that are an integral part of studying theatre. For the younger children (K-2), I will sometimes read a story to the children and then we act it out. By physically acting out the story the children explore setting, characters, and the sequence of the story. These are all skills the children need to develop and aid in reading comprehension. You can’t act out what you don’t understand. You must also understand the sequence of the story or you won’t know what to act out next. We may add props or costumes. In the 1st and 2nd grade, as our language skills build, we will often draw and write about our favorite scene from the story.
Older children in 3rd through 5th grade read plays, create their own characters through pantomime and improvisation, and create their own scene work, which is integrated with the essential standards in social studies.
Theatre helps cultivate good reading skills because if children are involved in doing a play they must first read and comprehend the play to bring it to life.
While going through the process of taking something from the page to the stage, children will learn some valuable skills. They will learn to work together and cooperate with each other. This is a good way for them to learn to articulate themselves to a group and to accept criticism gracefully when their ideas or their work is challenged.
Students learn many positive characteristics while going through the process of mounting a production. They learn to be responsible and trustworthy because the group is counting on them to do their individual part and to do it well. They learn to be fair by going through the audition process. They learn to be compassionate and supportive by helping others go through the process that might be having problems. They learn to be resourceful because in theatre you often must make do with what you have due to various reasons. And most of all they learn to rise to a cause higher than themselves because the ultimate goal is to communicate the work to the audience and that takes everyone working together. No one person is more or less important than anyone else, yet all are vitally important for the play to be successful.
In closing, studying theatre provides experiences for your child that include academic and life skill lessons that will stay with them, and help them grow into the people they would like to be, but never knew they could be.
Published by Marisa Owen on February 1, 2017