Musical are fun! They also provide young people with many valuable development opportunities.
A musical brings together all of the arts in one comprehensive program. Music and dance introduce basic performing arts. The design and creation of sets, costumes and props integrate the visual arts. Rehearsing and performing dialogue develops language skills. Integrating sound and lighting explores the use of technology. As you can see, a musical celebrates many diverse disciplines in one area.
In addition, the process of presenting a musical offers young people the opportunity to develop social skills and learn valuable life lessons. Some examples follow:
- In a musical, everyone’s contribution is important. The child operating the sound system is as important to the overall success of the production as a child who plays Cinderella, Annie or Aladdin.
- Everyone must work together for the greater good, encouraging collaboration and community.
- Children learn the importance of listening to each other speak and waiting one’s turn. They take positive risks and conquer fears while building self-confidence.
- Assessment in a musical is nearly instantaneous in the applause and standing ovations participants receive at the end of the show, meaning they don’t have to wait months for a grade, praise or feedback.
But the best part? A musical is a lot of fun for everyone involved, whether your child creates sets, manages the box office, sings in the chorus, or plays a lead.
***From Family Matters! A Parents Guide to the Magic of Theatre – MTI Broadway Junior Collection***
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