Recently Princess went with our American Heritage Girls troop to see a local theater production of Cats. It was amazing, and the actors sang and danced their hearts out. The girls who went got a great experience together. If you get the chance, I highly recommend taking your kids to local theater.
*Faces blurred on the kids because they are not my kids.
Your kids will learn how to act in an audience
Watching a show in a theater is a completely different experience from at a movie theater or at home. Audiences interact in a theater. We read programs, we applaud, we’re sometimes encouraged to talk back to the actors.
Your kids might get a chance to meet the actors
After the show most local productions will bring their actors out on the stage for you to talk to the actors. Not all of them, but most of the ones I’ve been to. You can ask what it’s like to be in the show, how long they had to practice, and what their favorite part is.
When we’ve gone to plays at Zilker and at the farm the actors have come out afterwards to talk and let you ask them questions.
This time was particularly special because the kids were allowed twenty minutes or so to talk with the actors AND then they got a tour of the backstage. It was a great experience for everyone.
Local theaters can inspire a love of theater
We saw Cats two or three months ago, and Princess is still talking about it. Every year the highlight of her year is going to the summer musical with my friends and I to see it. Part of what makes this possible is the pricing for most local theaters. Most shows will only cost $5-10 as compared to a Broadway show that costs $100 per ticket. We’re very blessed here in the Austin area because there are several groups regularly providing free (for donations) shows for us to see.
Local theater can expand your schoolwork
Cats fits in great with a study of modern poets, T.S. Eliott did a great job of writing some fun poems. You can watch “West Side Story” and discuss immigration in the 1950s and 1960s, you can compare it to Romeo and Juliet, you can then go watch the movie and see what changes were made to it. You can watch Sound of Music and fit it into your knowledge of World War 2.
Look for common phrases and terms we now use that Shakespeare invented.
Local theater is just fun
This is Princess and I waiting for a production of “Much Ado About Nothing,” one of my FAVORITE Shakespeare plays. We laughed for 2 hours straight as they ran through a great rendition of the play and added in some fun bits of comedy.
Plays discussed in this post
(with affiliate links to books or often inferior movies)
Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon, some implied sex)
Much Ado About Nothing (Kenneth Branaugh, brief nudity)
West Side Story (CD)
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