All the World’s a Stage . . . 5 Life Skills Learned through Theatre

Beyond the various acting, singing and dancing skills that they will acquire, there are also numerous life lessons that students can learn as part of a stage production.

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts,”

William Shakespeare “As You Like It”

When Shakespeare wrote these lines, he was comparing the art of acting on stage to the in and outs of everyday life. As a teacher, this got me thinking about all of the important life lessons and skills that our students learn while they’re taking part in drama or musical theatre classes. Beyond the various acting, singing and dancing skills that they will acquire, there are also numerous life lessons that students can learn as part of a stage production. Check out our list of 5 life skills learned through theatre below.
Success Through Preparation
Drama students learn that there is a lot of work that goes into a performance. From memorizing lines to learning dance choreography, it’s important that they put in the time to prepare before opening night. Learning about the connection between preparation and success teaches a young person that their effort matters, and the importance of preparation versus trying to wing it at the last minute.
Accepting Disappointment – Bouncing Back
Auditions are a part of every stage performance. Preparing a song or a monologue, and performing it for the director and those in charge of the production is important in order to determine who will play each role. The reality here is that an actor will not always receive the role that he or she tried out for, and that is disappointing. It’s definitely okay to be disappointed when you don’t get what you were hoping for, but processing that disappointment, and then moving on is crucial to a young person’s emotional and social development.
Keep Showing Up – Even When Things Don’t Go Your Way
So, what happens when your child’s name is on the casting sheet, but not in the role that they were hoping for? Do they quit and go home, or accept the director’s decision, and continue to participate? Obviously, as a parent we want them to accept this change and still be a part of the performance. It’s important to learn that things won’t always go according to their plan, but that accepting this change could still be a good thing. It’s also important to accept the authority of the director as the leader of the production, and respect their decision and their
Don’t Let Fear Keep You From Trying Something
Stepping onto the stage to perform can be daunting for anyone. However, the thrill of working with others to entertain an audience is also undeniable. Facing their nerves and fears (What if I’m not good? What if I make a mistake? What if I forget my lines?) will help your child learn to tackle new things head on rather than running away from what scares them. Tackling their fears early in life will help them to courageously go after even bigger dreams down the road.
If It’s Not Working – Do Something Different
Productions go through countless changes and tweaks on their way to opening night. One day a director might ask for a scene to be played one way, but then ask for something completely different during the next rehearsal. Perhaps that high note in a song isn’t quite working, so it’s changed out for a whole new section, or even a whole new song. Flexibility and adaptability are key attributes that young performers need to acquire during rehearsals for a show. Resistance to change could slow things down, and also create more stress for the actor and those around them. Learning to adapt quickly with the changes will not only help to bring the performance together, but will also help them to roll with the many changes of our busy and constantly changing world.
We inspire confidence and joy through theatre classes, and we would love to show you how. Come try a class to learn more. Starting classes with us is easy. Visit http://www.dancepointe.org/get-started.html to schedule your trial classes with our introductory program. We can’t wait to meet you!

Author: dancepointepa

Dance Pointe Performing Arts Center's teachers have been affiliated with local dance companies, theater arts and music programs for over 20 years, with university training, certifications through Dance Masters of America, Inc. and professional theater and music performance experience. Our Dance Drama and Music School has given to students of local communities to include Selden, Coram, Farmingville, Medford, Centereach, Port Jefferson Station, Mt. Sinai, Miller Place and many more, an unsurpassed learning and nuturing training experience for Preschool through Adult students in ballet, acro, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and pointe as well as the professionalism and knowledge as artists, choreographers, directors and teachers for over 15 years, with continued education and training in all dance typess. Expanding to provide a broad spectrum of the performing arts experience to students in theater and music training.

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