Musical theatre is a great way for youngsters to build an array of skills, all of which can help benefit them later on in their lives.
Whether they go into a musical career or not, they’ll pick up skills like teamwork, confidence building, creativity and more, which will prove extremely useful in the future.
Furthermore, it’s easier than ever for drama groups and smaller teams to create an impressive stage production as quality professional backing tracks can reduce the need for expensive and logistically tricky bands and ensembles.
We’re taking you through six critical reasons as to why students should get into musical theatre performing, may that be through their school or as an activity they take part in at the weekend.
1. Emotional Outlet
With mental health being so topical right now, it’s important that we address musical theatre is one of the greatest solutions for emotional outlet. Teenagers can struggle with changes in their appearance, mood and relationships during adolescence which can worsen if they’re unable to express these feelings.
Performing arts can act as an outlet for their emotions, whether that’s grief, joy or angst in a safe and accepting environment.
2. Improves Teamwork
Most musical theatre productions, even the smallest productions can involve many people in order to help it run successfully. Supposing the number of people acting on the stage is only a handful, there’s often need for lots of people behind the scenes to help with costume changes, lighting, props and more.
Students will therefore be required to work as a team where they’ll need to develop empathy with other cast members and through their characters, better understand the impact of their actions with others.
Interesting: Musical theatre acts as a counter to a more digital age where kids are communicating with each other by text or social and brings them back to communicating one on one.
Even the simplest of productions don’t always run smoothly. Hence, creative problem solving is required which can help individuals find themselves and identify the type of person they are. Another crucial aspect to their future careers and development as individuals.
Students can learn what kind of role they take, perhaps a leader or someone who has the skills to to fix the problem, and can learn how to deal with different personality types under pressure.
3. Confidence Building
Performing on a stage in front of a public crowd, no matter how big, can be both exposing and daunting. When it requires performing something as emotional as music, particularly singing, performers can feel vulnerable to start with.
However, this is also extremely rewarding as public speaking and performing builds confidence which can help users benefit across all academia and worklife beyond.
Especially when having developed friendships and relationships with other members in their performance group, it can be a safe place they can escape, explore out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves with the support of a cast behind them.
4. Increases Creativity
Moving on, when showcasing a new emotional side to yourself through your character, you begin to feel more comfortable opening up, which can encourage you to be creative and really dive deeper into your character like a true actor or actress.
Through musical theatre, each performer is actively engaging in learning new material, may that be through playing new musical instruments or singing new songs, it can boost creativity by allowing freedom of expression.
Freedom of expression enables students to engage the left side of the brain which is deemed to be the creative side. As a result, musical theatre can be a great way to wind down from any school stress, where at this time, the right side, the more analytical and critical thinking part, is perhaps under more pressure due to exams and coursework.
5. Gives Performers Discipline
Another key point to musical theatre is that it requires performers to be disciplined and dedicated to their role within the team. Whether that’s having to learn lines or commit to rehearsal schedules and additional hours outside of school or college.
Each of these tasks provides a good structure and basic understanding of what’s required from them and what sacrifices they may have to make.
Students will also learn how to deal with feedback, both positive and negative and develop a tougher skin when it comes to accepting constructive criticism while happily accepting praise.
6. Improves Literacy
Finally, from reading lines or interpreting sheet music it can help to improve literacy levels for students outside of the usual classroom environment.
For many students who find literacy difficult or boring, displaying it in a different way can be seen as a fun challenge unlike the typical, tedious classroom activities.
Students might also be exposed to new materials outside of their usual reading materials, if they do read that is, and expand their vocabulary and understanding of the literary impact on historical events.
Musical theatre has a lot more to offer to students than what it’s usually stereotyped to be. For many, it’s seen as something only musically talented students do or those who have an interest in singing, dancing and similar.
Hopefully you’ll now be able to understand that as a student or perhaps as a parent, getting involved in musical theatre can help you or your child develop and build a wide foundation of transferable skills that will be vital in the future.
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Stephen Robinson, London Arrangements
London Arrangements specialises in the production of professional backing tracks, ranging from stage and screen music, jazz backing tracks, to classical backing tracks and easy listening genres.