If your child is enrolled in acting classes at school or he/she participates in the local theatre, there are a number of benefits they might receive. Everything from confidence to body language and more can be learned in this type of environment. Keep reading to discover what skills children learn at the theatre and how your child will gain invaluable experience during this time.
Especially as children develop into their adolescent years, it can be difficult for them to gain confidence. By joining the theatre, children will be around others their own age in a freeing and artistic, expressive setting. Your child can gain confidence by overcoming stage fright and from the support they are sure to get from their fellow theatre-mates.
Being Held Accountable
Accountability is a skill we try to teach our children through things like chores and grades. However, in the theatre, children are exposed to accountability as putting on a production is often a group effort. If a child doesn’t do their part, they won’t necessarily be shamed by others, but they will be disappointed in themselves for letting their friends down. Such an environment is believed to lead to even better accountability.
Learning through Teamwork
On the same thread of accountability is teamwork, as the two can go hand in hand. Especially if a child has not been exposed to teamwork through other activities like sports, the theatre can be a great place to learn how to work well with others. There are so many moving parts in every play that it truly requires the genuine effort of all in order to pull off a successful production.
Bettering Focus and Determination
If your child is wildly intelligent but just has trouble staying focused, then the theatre is a great place to foster such a skill. Directors help guide children into better focus during rehearsal. This teaches children to keep their mind on the task at hand. Determination can also be learned as a result. Children better understand the goals they are working towards, causing them to want to work harder.
Understanding Body Language
Body language is an important part of acting, just as it is in everyday life. If your adolescent still feels awkward in their own skin, learning about body language can help them feel more comfortable. Children will learn how to accurately portray their emotions through movements, so that they are clear to others. This is such an important skill at any age.
In order to get better at acting, actors have to be open to constructive criticism. The theatre is a great place to teach children how to handle criticism. They can learn to use it for their benefit instead of taking constructive comments personally.
Last but certainly not least, the theatre teaches children how to foster passion. By participating in various productions, they can see how hard work pays off, and how passion can grow as they put more personal effort into what they’re doing.
There are so many more skills children learn at the theatre, but the above are just a few of our favorites. Stop by the Lionheart website to learn how your child can benefit from participating in your local Norcross theatre.