When your family visits The Rose for a night of live theater, you expect to be transported to another world: a world of imagination, laughter, fun and quality time with loved ones. But experiencing theater with your children is about more than just entertainment. It can be something that children remember for the rest of their lives!
In today’s world, theater and arts education are more important than ever. Taking your family to the theater is an exciting experience that not only entertains, but also helps educate kids and teaches them important skills.
Here are six reasons why children’s theater and the arts are so important.
The arts teach kids to express themselves in creative ways. A recent Washington Post article explained: “In an arts program, your child will be asked to recite a monologue in six different ways, create a painting that represents a memory or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.”
2. Improved academic performance
The creativity discussed above also spills over into academic achievement. A report by Americans for the Arts found that young people who participated regularly in the arts (three hours a day, three days each week for one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair, or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.
Participating in the arts can boost confidence. Performing on a stage in front of a thousand people – or even just a dozen – gives kids a chance to step outside their comfort zone. As they see their own progress, their self-confidence will continue to grow.
Problem-solving and critical thinking are important life skills – and they are precisely the skills artists use every day in the theater. From decisions about expressing themselves through dance, deciding how to play a character, choosing a design for a costume or set, and more, theater students learn to look at problems in creative ways, develop multiple solutions and evaluate which one is the best option. Learning how to make decisions will carry over into their education and other parts of life, and it is certainly a valuable skill in adulthood.
As a student perseveres through painting or singing or learning a part in a play, focus is imperative. And certainly focus is vital for studying and learning in class as well as doing a job later in life.
Theater requires people to work together. They must share responsibility and compromise to achieve their common goal. Kids in the performing arts learn that their contribution to the group is integral to its success – even if they don’t have the solo or lead role.
Whether your children are taking their first steps on the stage or commanding the spotlight in a starring role, The Rose has classes and programs that will help them find their inner performer. Classes are available for students ages 3 to 18 in acting, dance, voice, musical theater and creative drama. Test the waters in an eight-week drama class or dive right in with a yearlong class that culminates with an on-stage performance with lights, sound, sets and costumes.
Rose classes are instructed by professional teaching artists with college and graduate degrees in theater arts and education. They are the same actors who perform in The Rose’s main-stage productions, and in theater productions throughout Omaha and beyond.
Rose students can be found everywhere theater is being produced in our area. From community theaters to school stages, dance productions and even Broadway, “Rose Kids” are making their mark on the world through the performing arts.
For more information, visit www.rosetheater.org or call 402-345-4849.