Drama activities offer more challenges than we, as spectators, might think of. Active engagement in theatre enables priceless opportunities for the growth and development of our children.
Theatre enables students to become better communicators, as they are challenged to understand and express ideas confidently and creatively in more than one language and mode of communication. By taking part in a group project, children need to develop the ability to work effectively in collaboration with others to achieve a common goal. And, more importantly, core to working towards a common goal, are respect, empathy, compassion and appreciation for others, and the open-mindedness to consider different points of view.
The performing arts nourish, sustain and extend the human spirit. Students who participate in drama activities are able to develop their sensibilities through play. Not only they discover how elusive, fascinating and varied theatre can be, but most importantly, they are able to explore society and relationships within it, which are central to reinforce communal understanding.
What better (and more fun) way is there to investigate the world around us than the act of imagining, creating and presenting drama activities? Practical engagement in theatre entails and fosters clarity of understanding, critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis.
And what about the enormous challenge for children than that of becoming aware of their own perspectives and biases? Students´ individual abilities to be creative and imaginative, and to communicate in dramatic form, are constantly challenged, and so are ours.