More reasons to involve your child
in the performing arts:
1. Teamwork – Acting is an ensemble effort with equal input. Each actor relies on the others cues, for reactions and moral support.
2. Creative Problem Solving – We have to put on a show in a few weeks. What will it take to accomplish? What do we need and how do we get it? How can we best tell the story on stage? What will the sets, props costumes look like?
3. Interpersonal Skills - The ability to communicate and interact with others. They include persuasion, active listening, delegation, and leadership. All part of a performing arts experience.
4. Oral Communications – Diction and Vocal Projection are taught in drama. Students learn to speak slowly, loudly and clearly so the audience will understand and enjoy the play. The dramatic interpretation of the characters dialogue also helps the audience feel what the character is feeling.
5. Listening – All truly great actors are also great listeners who then react to what they are hearing. Note how many times in a movie the person you see on screen is not speaking but listening and reacting to what another character is saying or doing!
6. Writing – Students will write a description of their character as well as a bio for the program. They will also need to take notes regarding staging and other aspects of the production.
7. Goal Setting/Motivation – Participate in a performance. It is this goal that drives the individual performers to follow the directions, work together and become ready to present their final production.
8. Reading – Actors must be able to read and comprehend their script, speak when it’s their turn and follow along when others are speaking. Many of very young non-reading performers actually become readers during the course of rehearsals.
9. Organizational Effectiveness – How effective a group is in achieving a planned outcome. The process of creating, rehearsing and performing in a drama class produces a tangible outcome – a wonderful show for family and friends to enjoy!
10. And....it’s just good, clean, FUN to be on stage with lights, costumes, props, music with a group of new friends you’ve made!
(By the way, the skills learned in the performing arts are also sought for by Fortune 500 Companies when hiring....)
PARTNER WITH the director
We encourage you to work with your young actor on their lines and songs between rehearsals. All actors have 'homework' that must be done on their own time so they can be prepared for the next rehearsal and for the final performance. If you have any questions about how to help your young actor, always ask the director.
Why the performing arts?
At CustomPlays and CustomMusicals we believe anyone can...
Can build confidence through acting, dancing and singing on stage
Can think, listen and have a good time as they rehearse and perform
Can bring their own special style and character to a production
Can learn to work as a team to create a fabulous show for family, friends and the community