To say it has been an interesting last few months would be the ultimate understatement of all time. First, we had the COVID quarantine, and following that has been severe social unrest. Even if you aren’t sure if your children are picking up on everything that is happening in the world right now, you can be certain that they are at least gleaning on to bits and pieces.
Because of this, there may be no better time to introduce theater and improv to their lives than at this moment. It will provide them an escape from the uncertain world around them and give them a skill that they can build off of later on in life.
Benefits to Enrolling Children into Theater
Acting is not about reciting lines in front of a crowd. It is much more than that. It is about being able to identify with different characters that may be the complete opposite of how the person is in real life. In essence, it allows them to view the world differently and place themselves in someone else’s shoes.
Furthermore, it enables them to develop their teamwork skills even if they are not in sports. In fact, Burt Reynolds, perhaps the most popular actor of the 1970s, was a college football player until his knee blew out. He decided to go into theater afterward as a way to still work with a team. I would say it worked out pretty favorably for him!
Do you know what is the biggest fear expressed by most people? It is surprisingly not dying. It is public speaking. Children can conquer at least part of this fear by inserting themselves into the theater and getting somewhat used to talking in front of a crowd.
Benefits to Enrolling Children into Improv
If you have never tried improv before, be ready for a lot of fun and some very quick thinking. It offers several of the benefits associated with acting and perhaps even more.
We have all questioned whether our children can actually hear us at all times since it seems their listening ability can come and go at will, especially if you are asking them to take out the garbage or wash the dishes. However, you will never find them so attentive as to when they are actively listening during improv.
Your children will learn to think quickly on their feet as they communicate both verbally and nonverbally. While in acting you are essentially reading lines back with emotion, during improv, you are the writer, actor, and even director.
Let iAchieve Help Your Children Get Started
During this summer, iAchieve is offering two improv workshops for children. However, space is limited and only twelve children will be allowed per class. Act quickly and get your children enrolled while there is still time. The skills they learn will immediately pay off both in and out of school as they develop a love for both acting and improv.
As an elementary teacher, I can assure you that the students always looked forward to when we performed Reader’s Theater in class. The kids would offer up their reasoning on why they deserved certain parts and who I should choose for each role. Your kids will love it if they are able to put on a performance or two this summer!