Recently some of our students performed in a run of shows at the Catford Broadway Theatre. This professional pantomime was huge for Lewisham as legendary ‘Queen of panto’ Susie Mckenna put her joyful and diverse take on Jack and the Beanstalk.
It was an amazing experience for our students in the spotlight who learnt so much about professional theatre. We’re all for supporting our students that want to pursue a life in the performing arts, and just as importantly we’re here for those that want to follow other careers.
Gaining experience in performing is not just for those that want to be on stage, the skills it teaches are valuable to each child’s unique life journey. It helps our future accountants, hairdressers, and marine biologists just as much as our future actors, directors and set designers:
1. Building Confidence
Performing on stage instils a profound sense of confidence in children. It empowers them to express themselves, overcoming shyness and reservations. Standing tall and sharing their talents with an audience contributes significantly to their self-esteem.
2. Effective Communication
The stage is a fantastic classroom for communication skills. Whether it’s delivering lines, projecting their voice, or interpreting emotions through movement, children learn to articulate thoughts and ideas in a clear and compelling manner.
3. Teamwork and Collaboration
In any production, teamwork is key. Children can discover the joy of working collaboratively with others towards a common goal. This not only cultivates a sense of camaraderie but also teaches the importance of cooperation and compromise.
4. Discipline and Time Management
Preparing for a performance requires dedication and discipline. From memorising lines to perfecting choreography, children learn the value of time management and sticking to a schedule. These habits translate into effective life skills as they grow, helping them navigate academic and professional challenges.
5. Creativity Unleashed
Being on stage allows children to explore and unleash their creativity. It fosters imagination, encourages them to think outside the box, explore new ideas and learn to problem-solve in different ways.
6. Resilience in the Face of Challenges
Not every performance will be flawless, and that’s okay! The stage teaches children resilience—how to bounce back from setbacks, overcome mistakes, and face challenges with grace. These lessons build emotional strength and equip them with the ability to tackle obstacles in various facets of life.
So, if your child expresses an interest in performing on stage, consider it more than just a hobby. It’s a gateway to a world of skills and benefits that will shape their character and contribute to their success in any path they choose.