Monday, March 4, 2013

Charlotte's Web--bragging and 6 benefits of theater for children

Well, mija has finished her first weekend's performances of Chartlotte's Web.
She was second spider which means she was one of Charlotte's offspring and came at the very end of the show.
I thought I would share some of my thoughts about the benefits of children's theater in no particular order.

  1. For homeschoolers, there is always the "socialization" benefit. If you have been around my blog long enough, you know that I think socialization is merely a red-herring issue. However, if you want to get your child out and about, theater is one activity.
  2. Exposure to other talents and gifts. Not everyone enjoys acting, but it gives them a chance to try it. It could show a developing talent or just provide a gift of appreciation of the theater and acting.
  3. It provides a team activity that does not involve sports. A child does not have to be athletic to experience teamwork. While there may be certain main characters, everyone on the stage works together to make the scene work and tell the story.
  4. Memorization. Mija only had about six lines in this play, but that is six more than she had last time. Theater builds not only memorization of not only your part, but those who are in the same scene. Also, there is remembering movement and actions.
  5. Imagination. How often do you get to be a spider in real life? Or visit the land of Oz? And depending on the play, what a great way of bringing literature to life!
  6. Public speaking. Children's theater gives the opportunity to learn how to speak in public. That is a gift for even the shiest child.
Well, those are a few of the top of my head. Any other stage mom's out there? 

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