Acting has become a huge part of our lives. My once very shy, Pickles, has become a budding actress. She became interested through taking a co-op class a few years ago. She was still bashful back then. Last summer, she and Buddy did an acting camp at a local children’s acting academy. She caught the bug! She has since enjoyed being a part of two semester long classes with plays performed at the end. She also had a main part and solo in The Secret of Snowflake County, our church’s Christmas musical. This has also led to her taking tap dancing lessons and joining our church youth worship team and choir. My laptop crashed, so I lost all pics, but found this tiny bow on Major Dad’s computer.
We have obviously seen the benefits of acting when it comes to shyness. It may not happen for every child, but Pickles has really blossomed. Buddy was even able to perform the play for camp last summer. He has high social anxiety and usually shuts down when it comes to speaking to anyone other than family. I was so proud to see him up there on stage, delivering all of his lines on cue. There are many other benefits to acting. It can increase confidence, self esteem, reading skills, focus and attention. It provides children with opportunity for socializing and teamwork. Acting is valuable for teaching kids to problem solve and communicate effectively.
We have also been able to enjoy Broadway shows and local productions of plays like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Thorn. I believe that quality theater productions and movies are enriching to children’s(and adults’) lives.