Adventures are found at every turn in life, and the path you help your child choose can provide them with a guidance and direction in a world where so many choices present themselves; a world that is spinning them as if in a whirling dervish of ghostly promises and interests that fly away as quickly as they appear.
For a child or young adult, an introduction to the theatre arts through joining classes or attending performances at a young age can transform the world from a harsh taskmaster of social demands and temptations into a world of self-understanding, clear vision, personal direction and care.
This time of year, as spring emerges, it is the time for many student productions, both in public and private schools or in non-profit and private studios, to be presented. At the core of student programs and performances, the tangible rewards of the attainment of goals, teamwork, listening skills, communication, confidence, self-respect, respect of others, public speaking, athletic prowess, building of friendships, health, time management skills, in addition to growing and understanding a child’s own singular talents and potentials, all wait to be claimed.
Growing up is truly a wild adventure. So, when you take your own special moments to listen, observe and care for your child’s individual development in today’s American society, consider the investment and asset that is found through the benefits of the performing arts.
Check out local programs in your school system or at local non-profit or private studios. Go to a show with your child this spring; stop in at a studio and let your child try some classes and find the art form and studio that is right for their development.
As an example, for a perfect introduction for young children, The NYCA Theatre for Children Company will present ‘Alice in Wonderland Adventures’ at the Woodstock Playhouse on Saturday and Sunday, March 12 & 13 at 2:00 p.m. Visit www.WoodstockPlayhouse.org for details and tickets, or www.nyca.org for student company details. Make it part of a special day with your child, and who knows – it might be the beginning of a new adventure that will open their eyes (and yours) to an invaluable new world!
For so many wonderful choices, search the web and calendar listings; read the posters, visit your local theatre or studio, and find a student theatre program and performance near you. The theatre arts can literally make the world a better place for you and your children. Now that would be quite an adventure!