Throughout the class, rehearsal and performance process, performers discover how to take creative and emotional risks and learn to trust their abilities.
Students increase reading and writing skills at their own pace by immersing themselves in the story, reading and re-reading their scripts, memorizing their lines, analyzing their text and taking notes at rehearsal.
During classes and rehearsals, students learn how to articulate their thoughts and questions and carefully listen to direction in order to improve their performances.
Theatre is most dynamic when the imaginations of its participants are fully engaged. Students make countless interpretive choices in design and performance to create a detailed, fictional world for their audiences.
Through character work and story creation, young performers explore the lives of others. First-hand perspectives of new circumstances challenge prejudices and aid in the development of well-rounded students and citizens.
CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING
The amount of work required to successfully put on a scene, monologue, movie or show makes all participants valuable troubleshooters. Whether writing scripts, creating characters, developing staging, adjusting lines and blocking in the moment or mastering a tricky scene change, students have countless opportunities to creatively tackle challenges that prepare them for the real world.
Through prompt attendance at classes and rehearsals as well as meeting sometimes mountainous deadlines with learning lines, music and choreography on schedule, students acquire valuable self-discipline techniques and become reliable and trustworthy members of an ensemble.
A theatrical production provides ample opportunities to connect with our families and neighbors. Students can engage parents, community centers and local vendors to help create sets, props, costumes and publicity. Students can also engage the community in building awareness about themes that arise in our community through performance, discussion and action.
Whether performing for their peers during rehearsal or for their school and local community during a performance, students gain expertise and confidence speaking in front of a group.
Theatre provides a rich and engaging springboard for students to explore many subjects in their classrooms and discover connections among various modes of learning.
Theatre requires extensive creative input from all its participants. Students build ensemble by working together to rehearse, construct, promote and perform their show. Every role – whether onstage or behind the scenes – is vital for the show’s success.