To command a stage, and deliver your lines or actions takes guts. The more we practice those skills, the more confident we become in trying new things, taking risks, and gaining personal confidence on the other stages in our lives. This kind of confidence definitely carries over into work, home, school, & anywhere we need to step out of our comfort zone or “perform.”
Being able to approach a problem from a different angle, or with unique
abilities is truly a life skill. Thinking on your feet. Asking
questions. Taking notes, adapting movement, adjusting inflection, and
trying everything again in a fresh way makes us more creative when we’re
tackling other areas in life. It makes us limber mentally and
emotionally, and gives us options onstage and off.
Much of theatre revolves around the script, choices on stage, character
motivations, and human interactions. We delve into the human condition
and strive to understand others through their own lenses. Human behavior
and psychology are central to crafting our characters and portraying
their social interactions onstage. We also read many scripts, and
experience different historical eras, dance styles, and musical styles.
We learn to sympathize, empathize and understand humanity everyday, and
this helps us when we interact in the real world.
Deadlines, professionalism and quality control are integral parts to
every production, both on and off stage. The perseverance required by
the theatre makes us stronger people in our personal lives. Opening
Night never goes away, and every audience is new, so our practice
and performance has to remain solid for the run. The world needs and
expects resilient people who step up and make it happen. In other words,
“The show must go on!”
The very nature of theatre is people working towards a common goal,
which is telling a story in a certain way. You can’t escape the team
nature of theatre (and sometimes there’s drama that should have been
left on the stage), but teamwork is also one of the things we love best
about performance! The social fun, interaction, and energy of the cast
and crew make those inevitable difficult times more than worth it, and
this teaches us to push through problems and conflicts by seeing the big
picture, which is the team goal.
Live audiences! Technical snafus! Lack of sleep! And yet, we learn to
thrive under pressure, when needed, by performing. We learn that
challenges often bring out the best in us, and we learn that nervous
“butterflies” are a sign of life and energy that we can harness. We
start to appreciate the adrenaline, the anticipation, and the rush of
the stage. We become stronger people by surviving the obstacles and
moving forward every day in the theatre.
Passion for the scripts and collaboration with a team that you care
about is deeply fun for those who choose theatre. We learn to bring
texts to life. We learn to live in the moment. We learn to improvise
when necessary. We inhabit our characters each night on stage. We dance
and sing, and call cues, and create something. We face setbacks, but if
it wasn’t sheer enjoyment to create and make and perform, we wouldn’t
keep choosing this highly demanding work. We find our passion in the
theatre. And at the end of every exhausting day, we push forward, for
the love of our craft.
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Honesdale Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Honesdale High School.
459 Terrace Street
P.O. BOX 142
Honesdale PA 18431
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