May. 16, 2018
Is there a downside to your child’s traipsing up and down the stairs in your bathrobe yelling at imaginary urchins using their best Miss Hanagan growl during an acting workshop?
True, you may never be permitted to recover the sofa cushions that are now Peter Pan’s emergency landing pad.
And your hard-boiled egg slicer? Gone.
But you will remember it fondly every time you hear Shakespearean minstrel harp music coming from the living room.
Indeed, the above are mere trifles when compared to the culture, community, and awareness of expression that children are encouraged to develop when they participate in an acting workshop.
Research shows a strong correlation between children who become active in theatre and a leap in academic performance.
Similarly, survey results show that business leaders search for hires who demonstrate creativity during the interview process. They consider it a crucial predictor of successful employment in their company.
According to an article in The Guardian, “Theatre, particularly theatre for children, fires the imagination, it gives our children the skills and the creativity necessary to face the world, to understand it and perhaps to change it too.”
Sound like a good idea so far? Keep reading. It gets even better.
It is difficult, these days, for children to find opportunities to interact that do not involve screens.
Theatre requires the full engagement of voices and bodies working in direct concert with one another to create masterpieces.
Another requirement of participating in a play is the stretching of one’s mind to fit into a character role.
Acting can be a big challenge for a child as it may be one of the first times they contemplate the world from someone else’s perspective. It’s is an incredible skill to practice when building empathy in younger generations.
With the increasingly rapid technological advances, it can be difficult to stay aware of what children are exposed to on a daily basis in the media and the culture.
Even the most proactive parent can fall behind when trying to stay involved. Involving your child in a play gives you the perfect window into their world.
Help them memorize the script. Practice each evening by reading a fellow character’s lines.
Rally troops of people to support your child by attending their performances. Find out which plays your kids gravitate towards, and take them to see a live show.
At Grande Parlour, we offer summer acting workshops for children of all ages and backgrounds. We dedicate our classes to developing creativity through freedom of expression in our participants.
Looking to dip into in the arts alongside your child? Check out our events page and adult theatre workshops. We have everything from concerts and comedy shows to writing and painting classes.
Interested in getting a “backstage pass” on all things theatre at Grande Parlour? Our blog will usher you past the lights and makeup for an intimate connection with the arts!