Beyond the Performance: What Theater Classes Can Really Do For Your Kids

posted by vyomi , May 29, 2018

Ever considered enrolling your children in a theater workshop during vacations? You must have wondered if they would contribute in any way to your child's development. Or did you simply think of theater as another fun way to keep them entertained?

From a distance, an acting class for kids might look like a great way to dress up, rehearse lines and perform on stage. That's not all, though. Apart from fulfilling your children's starry-eyed dreams, here are five very important skills your child can learn from a theater workshop.

Instills confidence

Have you ever watched your child hesitate or find it a bit hard to talk in front of a group of people? Performing in front of an audience with all eyes on you, even if they are your classmates or friends, can be a daunting task. Rehearsing performances with other kids and then acting them out is an excellent way for self-conscious children to overcome their shyness and get over stage fright. A great confidence booster, this will help them to get comfortable speaking up in their everyday lives.

Hones public speaking skills

Delivering dialogues on stage requires the ability to speak clearly and give a convincing performance. Making a connection with the audience is possible only if you are able to articulate your thoughts well and clearly express yourself. Learning to speak in a steady and audible voice, voice modulation and projection techniques; are all valuable skills that your child will learn. These will come in handy later in life when presentation literacy is important.

Teaches teamwork

Collaborating with different types of kids during rehearsals and activities will teach your children how to appreciate different viewpoints. They will share thoughts, give and receive constructive feedback on each other's enactments. They will also learn the importance of working together for the success of 'we-the team' rather than 'me-the individual'. Isn't this a useful skill to possess?

Sharpens communication skills

This involves both the art of lively conversation that captures the attention of the audience, as well as active listening skills. Acting requires that students learn how to pay attention to cues, lines and dialogue. If one person fumbles their lines, the next person should be able to pick them up or say something which does not break the context. This can only happen when you've been paying attention to what is being said and not lost in thought.

Harnesses creativity

Drama requires us to look at things from multiple perspectives. This automatically allows development of out of box thinking skills. Putting together a show requires thinking about numerous aspects like the props, who will say what, timing etc. It will help your children to think on their feet, look at different sides of a situation and figure out the most suitable approach.

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