What Our Stage Right JR Acting Class Can Do For Your Child


Develop self confidence

Start your kids off on the right foot. As any adult knows, speaking in public can be a very intimidating experience. In our acting classes we provide many opportunities for children to get onstage, to get in front of an audience, whether it be in front of their peers; fellow acting students, a supportive environment of friends and family at the end-of-class show, or if they audition and are accepted, in our big productions. Positive reinforcement from audience members go a long way to enhancing self confidence. When a child submerges themselves in the dramatic art form, it stops being about them and becomes more about the show. Being part of the show gives the child added power to succeed.


Meet new friends

Children of all kinds are attracted to the theatre; the shy and the outgoing, the good readers and the poor, the popular and the lonely. While kids might come from all sorts of different backgrounds, acting becomes their common ground. They are all interested in the same thing; Acting. When a child shares something they love with other like-minded children, strong friendships grow. A huge part of theatre is learning social skills, learning how to use words to communicate and connect, how to be friends.


Have fun

Quite simply, theatre is a lot of fun. It is not competitive, it is collaborative. It is not boring, it is exciting. Performing: while occasionally scary, is an adrenaline rush. One of the most social of the arts, theatre energizes children, providing a physically and emotionally healthy place to be.


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Theatre Games

Theatre games offers children a fun way into understanding how to act. Theatre games offer a child a way to be in the moment and to bring their creativity to the forefront. Children will learn to think on their feet which goes a long way to developing social skills as well as an ability to immediately size up a situation and act on it.

Scripts

Usually our scripts are written specifically for the class. Charles Robertson has won a number of awards for his writing and can tailor a script to the class where each child gets a good-sized part. There are no small parts for these little people. Each child will have something worthwhile to work on for their final show, something they can be proud of.

Developing better reading skills

Our scripts are usually written in such a way as to stretch the child's reading abilities. Instead of dumbing down to an imagined lowest common denominator, we raise the bar. When kids are actively part of a piece of literature, like a play, they learn valuable lessons like memorizing, how to correctly say certain words, how to recognize them, and what they actually mean.

Better speaking skills

In order to communicate the written word effectively to an audience, the child is taught to speak clearly, to invest the words with meaning and to find the key words. It is one of the most important fundamentals of acting and will translate into any career your child might eventually follow. The ability to speak effectively and to communicate clearly will set your child apart from the others.

Newsletter

Students and their families will also receive Bottle Tree's newsletter which has important theatre information, such as upcoming auditions and opportunities in film and theatre. Bottle Tree is not an agency but we will offer free information about opportunities that are out there for your child. Students can get information about legitimate agencies from us.




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