By: Chelsea Claudio
Performing Arts have been around for centuries; from Greek theatre to Shakespeare, slap-stick to classical, musical to comedy and improv to mining. Theatre has evolved over the years and has become a form of expression, entertainment and storytelling. There are many benefits to participating in theatre, especially as a young child.
Here are seven of those benefits:
Creativity & Imagination
When creating a scene, props are not always available. Therefore, kids are forced to think outside the box in order to create the scene using whatever is available (in many instances, just themselves). Without any props, the goal is to convey the plot to the audience. This takes creativity and imagination, which a child will develop while creating these prop-less scenes.
Social & Language Development
Communication with the crew and/or other cast members is essential when producing any kind of performance arts, which in turn aids with social and language development. While taking on different roles, actors will also discover an array of new terms, which in turn develops their language even more so.
Teamwork & Relationship Building
When you are part of any kind of performance arts, actors work in very close proximity to one another, as they are consistently practicing and going over the same scenes to ensure everyone has it right. Actors also work in close proximity with crew members in order to create the perfect scene. Teamwork is truly essential when it comes to theatre.
Memory Building & Problem-Solving Skills
Memory plays a huge role in performance arts. Actors must remember not only their lines, but also the lines of the person before them to ensure they say the correct lines at the correct time. This helps kids with their ability memorize and take in information.
Furthermore, because of the excessive amount of memorization required in theatre, sometimes an actor is going to forget a line or two. In this case, problem-solving skills are utilized when an actor must do improv on the spot to ensure the performance does not pause on the count that they forgot their line.
Being on stage and performing in front of a crowd will grow the confidence of a child; having a group of people clap for you after a performance is a sure-fire way increase confidence levels in anyone. This ongoing sense of confidence produced through theatre will help children to grow up to be confident in their abilities as not only an actor, but in everything they choose to apply themselves to.
Opportunity for Expression
Theatre can help a child in identifying their own emotions as they take on multiple roles. Also, children are able to take their real-life emotions and express them, whether good or bad, in a healthy way.
A fun Activity for Anyone
As long as a child is at least six years, they can participate in theatre. Theatre is an inclusive environment for all.
Ability, race, identity do not matter. As long as you have a passion for the performing arts, you’re invited!