What are the benefits for children participating in Performing Arts Education?Three benefits amongst many : Creativity, Ownership and Leadership
Who in our culture tell stories?
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Stories are how we communicate with each other. We share complex ideas though communication of stories; we change the world with stories.
Producing a play is always a chaotic process with many pieces coming together at the last minute.
When one watches one of our productions, it is hard to see the completed vision, but the children know because they own it.
When the night comes, when the house lights go off, when the room is filled with more than 100 people, when the stage lights up and the music plays, the children own the show. They own their parts, they own the story, they own the music – they own the show. And, they feel it.
Ownership is responsibility Ownership is respect Ownership is self-respect Learning the skills involved with the feeling of ownership in real world projects does not often happen in a structured classroom. It takes place in performing arts projects, in clubs, and in sports.
Leadership is one of those elusive things that is hard to define, but in children, its magical.
When given responsibility for a part in a production (acting, light crew, stage crew, etc.), children will rise to the occasion. When things go wrong or simply during the normal course of a production, children will naturally work together to solve problems, take initiative and get things done.
Whether a child is the lead in the play or a member of the third spear carrier in the back row, they are ALL involved in the project of participating in leadership. They never know it, but what they are learning is leadership. If there is a singular still that is required for our future, it is creative leadership.