A little about what Theatre does for us:
We are, by nature, social beings. Theatre offers us opportunities to explore these interpersonal relationships in ways that might not be possible in real life. The creativity of imagining “what if” in any given circumstance gives us so many possible outcomes. In Theatre, we get to play with these outcomes to help create a scene, which is just one piece of the puzzle we are working on. Other pieces are technical elements such as costuming, lighting, sound, music, songs, and choreography. But in order for the technical elements to be worth it or believable, we must have the basics first. All these things come together through the power of imagination and commitment.
Learning the fun and exciting aspects of Theatre can actually make us better human beings. We listen more because our reaction depends upon what the other person says or does. In order for us to “get it”, we must be paying attention. That skill is a life-saver when it comes to every day life. Think about it, have you ever been caught in class or at home not paying attention and someone calls you on it? Pretty embarrassing, huh? When we learn how to pay attention and to truly listen to what is being said rather than what we think is being said, we become better friends, children, siblings, etc. Listening to someone and responding honestly shows that we care. We all need people to care about us. And what a great way to get someone to care about you by you caring about them.
Theatre incorporates all the other educational disciplines - Art, Sociology, English, Speech, Psychology, Physical Education, Math (music is math ya know), History, etc. etc. we use it ALL! Theatre is the Great Includer! It is our Home. Our place to be vulnerable among other aritists who want us to succeed just as much, if not more, than we want for ourselves to succeed. It is the original Social Emotional Learning tool.
A Note (laaaaa) about Passion for Theatre from Artistic Director Holly Rose:
I love Theatre: I love everything about it – the sounds of voices rehearsing, the smells of stage make-up and the dust burning off the stage lights, the sights of a freshly painted set on stage and the colorful and sometimes stark lighting. I even love the feeling of exhaustion after a long rehearsal. I love it because I know I worked hard to accomplish my goal, whether that goal is a dance combo, or digging in working on a scene or a song.
I have performed and taught all across the country. And I’ve learned many things along the way. My passion for Theatre exists because it is such a human experience. Everything that happens on stage could happen in real life. (Well most everything – there are some theatrical experiences that would never happen in real life. We call that absurdist.) What I’m talking about is the more realistic style of Theatre. We look at situations and determine how to handle them – sound familiar? In Theatre, versus real life, we have multiple attempts to get it right! Amazing! Sometimes in my real life, I wish I could I could yell “HOLD! RESET! TAKE 2!” Don’t we all feel that way sometimes?
My first theatrical experience was when I was 5. We went to see my uncle play Tevye in Fiddler on The Roof. I was so enthralled by the story that was being told on stage, I sat on the edge of my seat and I don’t think I even blinked the whole show! I loved everything about it – the storytelling, the costumes, the singing, the dancing, even the sets were wonderful! From then on, I wanted to learn everything I could about Theatre. The Theatre Bug had definitely bitten me that night. Ever since then, I have sought out plays and musicals to be a part of and later, began directing and teaching to share the knowledge I’ve gained over the years.
In teaching, I find it extremely fulfilling to work on a scene or song with students and watch them “get it”. I don’t think there is a better feeling out there than watching the light bulb flicker and then shine as their eyes light up and they completely understand what I’ve been sharing with them. Well, there is one better - and that is watching those students go on stage and re-create what we’ve worked on in rehearsal and execute it with confidence. That makes me beam with pride and joy for their accomplishment. I love watching students (youth and adults) grow and expand their talents, self-esteem and self-confidence. That’s my job and I absolutely love it.