So, you attend theatre classes, become part of a team and start to work on a show. At this point we always ask our pupils to commit to the project and see it through to the end.
It’s great fun finding out what you do and how to create theatrical magic in our performing arts schools but as the rehearsals go by it can take a bit of a dip. Why is that?
For one thing there is some repetition. If you are performing a song then you are going to be singing it many times before it’s ready and maybe it’s not a song that you like very much.
That’s where your sense of commitment becomes important. You could walk away from it but then you wouldn’t experience the high of the performance. So, we like to foster a spirit of ‘can do’ rather than ‘can’t do.’ Inevitably learning a show involves working a bit at home and giving up some of your time. Sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and keep at it. On the plus side the discovery of persistence and dedication inside yourself are life skills.
My daughters went to Theatretrain and I used to say to them, “You can give up if you want but you can’t come back later.” They chose to stay. I wanted them to learn that when you sign up to something you should see it through to the end. It’s important to be as good as your word and not to give up or let others down.
In our dancing, acting and singing classes we know that these moments can be difficult for children and teenagers and we want them to value the work. Our teachers are also committed people and they work hard to make their rehearsals joyous but they need the passion of their pupils.
Over the years we have often persuaded wavering people to stay on and later they are often amazed how all their hard work is rewarded with a fabulous night of performance – something they will always remember. The effort of commitment takes some effort but is worth it in so many ways.
Our nationwide performing arts schools, teaching young people skills in singing, acting and dancing can provide your child with a weekend activity that encourages confidence, friendship, communication skills and so much more. If you would like to find out more about our theatre schools or your child has shown an interest in attending drama, dance and singing classes then visit our website www.theatretrain.co.uk