Are you thinking of signing your children up for musical theatre? You’ve come to the right place! Marquee offers incredible programs for youth that will ignite the light within your child in a safe and welcoming environment. Here are a few things you should know before signing up!
When participating in anything theatre or performance related, class time will always be super busy and full of fun. Your kids are sure to have a blast working with the incredible directors, choreographers, music directors and so much more! But along with all the excitement your kids will have surrounding rehearsals and making new friends comes the responsibility of preparing them to succeed outside of class! What does that look like? Depending on what show they are working on and what role they are cast in, this might require them to learn lines and music, practice choreography and rehearse their blocking during their free time to ensure that they get the most out of their experience. The magic happens in the preparation just as much as it does in the classroom!
The performing world is all about taking risks! Your child will be encouraged to dive head first into things that might be totally new for them, which can be scary to say the least. In the right reassuring environment, your child’s bravery will undoubtedly build necessary skills and confidence!
Not All Fun and Games
Let’s get one thing straight, musical theatre is the definition of FUN! But it can’t be fun and games all the time. Putting on a show takes a lot of hard work for everyone involved – on stage and behind the scenes. Make sure your child is ready to take on the responsibility that comes with participating in a musical theatre class. Rehearsals can be long and draining, so their listening skills and behaviour will often be put to the test! When everyone is paying attention and being respectful to their teachers and fellow students, everyone will have a great time and THAT’S when the fun will be had!
An important part of your child thriving in a musical theatre class is simply their willingness to go in with an open mind and be ready and excited to learn new things. An extremely valuable aspect of musical theatre is the creativity and freedom of expression that it allows, so the more open they are, the more they will gain from each class!
Musical theatre is a team sport, hands down. Though we are often built to succumb to the competitive nature of this world, and we are often taught to strive to be better than the person next to us, that is not the right mindset to have when entering the musical theatre world. We have to break down that attitude and realize that the only way musical theatre can exist is with teamwork. When participating in musical theatre, your children should be prepared to treat everyone as equal members of the team. From ensemble, to leading roles, to everyone behind the scenes, they should always treat everyone with the utmost kindness and respect. Rehearsals should always be a supportive environment where children cheer each other on and acknowledge the hard work and growth of their peers. In this safe environment, each child will be able to reach their full potential, and everyone will be able to have fun together!
Musical theatre often requires us to be multidisciplinary performers, which means your children will be expected to push themselves outside of their box! Whether they come from a dance background and have never sung before, or they love to sing but don’t feel comfortable with movement, they will learn how to do it all in musical theatre. Acting, singing, dancing, everything and more is in store for them!
Now that you know more about what to expect when signing your child up for musical theatre, we hope that you’re still interested! And that, if you are, you will consider Marquee as your child’s first stepping stone into the world of performing.