Children who are exposed to the theatre at a young age, both as members of the audience and as performers up on stage, can have great benefits in their lives because of it. There are important lessons to take from it as well as skills to take you through life at different moments. Even if your focus is on one aspect of the theatre, whether it’s plays, musicals, ballets, or opera, you can gain an appreciation of beautiful art forms and performing arts as a whole. For the parents who aren’t yet sure about taking their kids to the theatre or enrolling them, here are the top 10 reasons why children should be exposed to the theatre and even participate.
1. There are important lessons
Whether you can learn about history, a famous play or even a life lesson, your children are sure to learn some things from being in the theatre. Practicing lines and memorising songs can also help with studying for other subjects.
2. They can relate to the themes
Children can see in shows that they’re not alone in the struggles they might have, whether it’s trying to figure out their identity, what their life goals are, their sexuality, and much more. It’s a powerful experience being able to relate to what’s going on stage.
3. There are job opportunities
According to Rita Goodman, a teacher at BoomEssays, “a job in theatre may be risky, or different, but if your child is happy in that environment, there are actually a lot of different job opportunities in that field.”
4. It’s a great way to take a break from real world issues
We’re not saying children should hide from their problems or avoid them, but they can get quite stressed with school drama and heavy workload. Going to see a play or getting prepared to perform in one is a great way to let go and take your mind off of things. Just stepping into a theatre can make your child feel immediately at home.
5. They will learn to appreciate arts
It’s important for young people to embrace the arts. Being exposed to that environment can make children experience empathy, learn to accept new things in life and differences in people instead of being afraid of them. Plays and musicals can be of all levels of maturity so your kids can grow with the theatre and always find something new to appreciate and to learn from.
6. They will gain important life skills
Exposing your kids to the theatre will give them a lot of valuable skills, like a sense of imagination, a lot of creativity, a love of reading and stories, and much more. They will also learn to work with others and collaborate, get some sense of discipline, and even get a boost of self confidence and comfort with public speaking. All of these skills are extremely valuable in the workplace in future, so there’s no reason not to encourage this activity from a young age.
7. They will take a break from technology
Children these days can become obsessed with their devices and playing games online. That’s why it can be great for them to have an obsession that isn’t related to technology. Make sure if you’re going to a show then they leave their phone at home.
8. It’s great for anyone
Theatre is amazing for kids of all ages, and adults as well. If you have a few kids of different ages, there’s no reason you can’t go to the theatre and all enjoy it.
9. Performing arts are a fun activity
At the end of the day, performing in a play or music is fun. You get to immerse yourself completely in a character and play out any scene that you want – the sky really is the limit.
10. It’s a great community
People in theatre are extremely talented, welcoming and humble, so it’s a great community for your children to be a part of. If they are surrounded by talented, amazing, and humble people, the chances are good they’ll grow up that way themselves.