Musicals are fun! They also provide many valuable development opportunities.
In a musical every role is important, the backstage helpers, members of the chorus and main parts. Everyone has to pull together or the show does not work.
A musical includes all of the arts in one project. Music and Dance introduce performing arts. Design through the creation of sets costumes and props. Rehearsing and performing dialogue develops language skills. Integrating sound and lighting explores the use of technology.
Musical theatres prime focus is the tuition of singing, dancing and acting but the secondary benefits are probably more important building skills for life……..
• Oral Communication Skills
Many students find that theatre helps them develop the confidence that’s essential to speaking clearly, lucidly, and thoughtfully.
• More than “get it done”
Theatre students learn that just “getting it done” isn’t enough. Not at all. You learn to take pride in doing things at your very best level.
• Motivation and Commitment
Being involved in theatre productions and classes demands commitment and motivation.
• Willingness to Work Cooperatively
Your work in theatre companies teaches you how to work effectively with different types of people–often very different types!
• The Ability to Work Independently
In theatre, you’re often assigned tasks that you must complete without supervision. It’s left up to you to figure out how best to achieve the goal.
• Time-budgeting Skills
When you’re a student, being involved in theatre forces you to learn how to budget your time. Good time management skills are enormously important.
We learn how to take initiative, to move a project from initial concept to finality–and to do it well.
• Promptness and Respect for Deadlines
Lateness is never acceptable in theatre because it shows a lack of self-discipline, and more importantly, a lack of consideration for others.
• Acceptance of Rules
In theatre you work within the structure of a set of procedures and rules that deal with everything from safety to behaviour at auditions and rehearsals.
• The Ability to Learn Quickly–AND Correctly
Theatre students, whether they’re memorizing lines or learning the technical aspects of a production, must have the ability to absorb a vast quantity of material quickly–and accurately.
• Respect for Colleagues
In theatre you discover that a successful production requires contributions from everybody who’s involved.
• Respect for Authority
Only one person can be in charge of any given portion of a production.
• Adaptability and Flexibility
Theatre students must be adaptable and flexible.
• The Ability to Work Under Pressure
There’s pressure–often, as you know well, a lot of pressure.
• A Healthy Self-Image
To work in theatre, you must know who you are and how to project your individuality.
Theatre demands that you learn how to control your life.
• A Goal-Oriented Approach to Work
Many aspects of theatre involve setting and achieving specific goals.
Acting classes in particular stress concentration, and once you have learned that skill as an actor, it can be transferred to other activities.
As you work in theatre you learn to dedicate your very being–to doing your best to create a successful production.
Theatre training teaches you confidence in yourself. Your accomplishments in theatre show you that you can handle a variety of jobs, pressures, difficulties and responsibilities. You develop a “Yes, I can!” attitude.
• Enjoyment — “This is Fun!”
25 Special Advantages the Theatre Major Has – (and may not even know!)
By Dr. Louis E. Catron
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