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Drama provides a safe place for children to practice creativity and take personal risks in a venue that celebrates success with every production or performance, and builds self-confidence by allowing children to express themselves to others – whether that is on a stage or in everyday relationships. Drama teaches children important values, such as trust, cooperation, commitment and dedication. Most importantly, drama teaches children how to grow into the adults that they want to become. It helps them learn to accept others as well.
THE BENEFITS OF DRAMA
Self Confidence: Being part of a play shows children that there are people who appreciate them. Drama helps build up self-esteem with each round of applause the performers receive.
Concentration & Memory Skills: Playing, practicing and performing develop a sustained focus of body, mind and voice, while rehearsing and performing words, movement and cues strengthen memory skills, all of which are helpful in school and in life.
Public Speaking: Public speaking can be a huge problem for someone too shy or someone who lacks confidence. Being part of the theater can help a child to move past her shyness and develop proper public speaking skills.
Communication Skills: Drama enhances verbal and non-verbal expression of ideas. It includes voice projections, articulation of words and fluency with language. Listening and observation skills are further developed by playing drama games, being an audience, rehearsing and performing.
Creativity: Drama brings out a child's creativity in a way that no sport can. This newly discovered creativity can help improve a child's reading and math skills by teaching her to open up her mind. If a child is playing a math whiz, she may become more interested in math as part of her research and characterization.
Collaboration & Cooperation: The dramatic process combines the creative ideas and abilities of many participants. This collaborative process requires discussing, negotiating, acceptance and patience during rehearsals and performances.
Trust: The social interaction, the performance for audiences and the risk taking in drama develop trust in self and others. The confidence gained by students trusting their own ideas and abilities applies to school, career and life.
Commitment: Being part of a drama program is a great way to teach a child about commitment. When students are involved in the production of a play, they realize that there are many others who are depending on them. They have duties that must be fulfilled, or they will let their co-stars and co-workers down.
Dedication: Drama requires a lot of dedication. A child must learn his or her lines and memorize stage blocking. Dedication is an important skill that is always used in the real world. Children learn this the moment they participate in a play production.