10 Skills Kids Learn at Theatre Camp

All the world's a stage! Putting on a play is much more than just costumes, applause, and stage bows. Theatre can help kids, both academically and socially by providing them with life-long skills.

Here are ten ways Summer performing arts camps can help your budding thespian thrive...

1. Self Confidence - Performing in front of an audience can be nerve racking for some but once they’ve done it and succeeded in overcoming their fears, it’s going to spill over into other areas, like school. Through various exercises, rehearsals, and performing on stage, kids will grow their comfort level and confidence.

2. Self Discipline - Putting on a play involves a lot. Kids have to discipline themselves to learn their lines, remember where they’re supposed to stand, and when they have to perform. With the shared goal of staging a production, kids learn to take responsibility over their part of the project.

3. Listening - Kids have to listen to what the director is telling them about how to perform and they also have to listen to one another to know when to deliver lines.

4. Reading - Kids have to understand the story in order to act it out.

5. Teamwork - Kids learn that for the play to work, everyone needs to be responsible for their part and count on others to fill their role. They also understand that they need to collaborate, support one another, and be aware what each person is doing, to see a project through from start to finish.

6. Verbal Skills - Kids have to speak up and articulate their part. Rehearsing helps them improve the delivery of their lines and their performance.

7. Expressing Emotions - Acting and drama exercises allow kids to express a wide range of emotions and encourage them to understand and deal with similar feelings they may be experiencing. These emotions are released in a safe, controlled environment allowing for a period of reflection afterwards.

8. Perseverance - Your child may not be the next Broadway Star right away, however, when a child practices, learns the skills and techniques, and doesn’t give up, that dream of becoming a star is that much closer. And if your child isn't looking to be the next drama King or Queen, drama camp still teaches goals that need to be met.

9. Focus - Acting requires a great deal of concentration and focus. Each participant must think about their role and how it contributes to the big picture. 

10. Dedication - When kids practice over and over again, which results in a finished product or performance, they learn to associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment. In the performing arts, the reward for dedication is the sound of an audience’s applause, making your child's efforts all worthwhile.

Thanks to a broad variety of local Summer theatre programs, the experience can enriching for kids. Whether you choose Broadway, Shakespeare, or Glee Camp, the rewards will be plentiful.

CLICK HERE to get a list of Summer performing arts camps in our Directories.

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