Theater: We learn not for school but for LIFE

Published On: January 27th, 2023 | Categories: In The Classroom |

Class plays are an integral part of each child’s educational experience at Powhatan School, providing numerous benefits to students involved in the production. Through class plays, students have the opportunity to express their creativity, learn about stage presence, and experience the thrill of performing for an audience. Additionally, class plays foster a sense of community and can help students form lasting bonds with their classmates. Overall, a class play is much more than just a school performance – it is a chance for students to learn, grow, and build memories that will stay with them long after they leave the classroom.

We learn not for school but for LIFE.

The recent fourth grade play was a wonderful reminder that the artform of theater provides students with a wealth of important skills that can be applied in so many aspects of life.

Public Speaking
Critical Thinking

Theater fosters public speaking skills by forcing performers to communicate their emotions and ideas effectively to an audience. Whether it be through monologues or dialogue, actors must be able to articulate themselves in a manner that is clear, articulate and engaging. Through practice and perseverance, students gain confidence in themselves and within the group.

In addition to public speaking skills, theater also offers the opportunity to develop strong teamwork and collaboration skills. This is because many theatrical productions require the coordination of various elements such as acting, set design, costume design, and lighting. Actors must work together in order to bring a script to life, making sure their performances complement each other and their respective characters. Furthermore, the process of rehearsing and performing a play demands that all involved must be able to effectively communicate, listen and adapt. “The fourth grade play was a huge success,” comments Mrs. Gilpin, a fourth grade teacher. “Students worked hard not only to learn their lines and songs, but on how to deliver them with expression, volume and on cue. Throughout rehearsals, students worked cooperatively in small groups to better their scenes. This included putting their scene together by working on choreography and learning to dance and sing in unison.”

Finally, theater provides individuals with the opportunity to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Whether it be in the context of devising a new work, interpreting a script or addressing unexpected technical issues during a performance, actors must be able to think on their feet and quickly adapt to changing situations. Furthermore, the creative process of theater allows individuals to explore their own thoughts and emotions as well as those of others. This leads to a greater understanding and empathy for diverse perspectives, and helps individuals develop critical thinking skills that can be applied to a variety of real-life situations.