As a teenager who has been confronted with the world of theatre from day one, I can tell you that my young life has been enormously enriched by my experience as a theatre spectator and performer. I have learned important lessons and these skills have helped me in everyday situations in my life. Bring your kid to a Broadway show!
Importance of the parents
But there seems to be a lack of parents willing to take their children to theatre evenings and open to the idea of taking them with them. As a parent, I would have appreciated the performing arts like any other young person if I had been exposed to this beautiful art form myself.
If you don’t like it, you have to tell your child (or adult) that you are wasting your time worrying about it.
Of course there are advantages and disadvantages, but I have found more advantages than disadvantages. Your child will learn something from the things they see in the show, whether it’s a history lesson or a lesson for life. If you listen to the soundtrack and read it, you can recite the whole life of Alexander Hamilton to your child.
No matter how old you are, to see a show and think you’ve been there is a powerful experience. Shows like Spring Awakening and Fun Home can help teenagers explore things they are still trying to figure out, such as who they were and what they want to do in the future. It’s still fun to watch the show while you watch it and connect with it.
Place for everyone
So many people don’t realise that the theatre world is big and that there’s a lot more to the job than you think. Your child will be in a strange family for the first few years of his or her theatre career, but if he or she is happy, it should not be worth it.
Housework and hallway dramas can be stressful for teenagers, but nicely padded seats should calm your head. As cheesy as it sounds, what’s important is that there’s nothing better than watching a show.
A future career?
The study of the performing arts teaches young people how important it is to deal with things in life that are new and different, rather than fear them. One could move from plays and musicals to things that require more maturity, like music and dance, or even crafts.
Participation in the theatre can also give your child a sense of self-confidence and even an improved sense of self-esteem. I’m not sure what to do. I’m not sure that’s the case, but these skills are useful in professions outside the arts, such as STEM subjects. Wouldn’t you rather have a child on Broadway than a cute baby crawling on the couch in the living room or a toddler in the playhouse?
He nodded when I read it, but he didn’t really like it, though I’m sure he would love it if he did because it’s so much fun.
I once went from a dying male game show contestant to a ditsy female councillor and saw an eight-year-old boy having a great time in a phantom opera. Just make sure your child is not one of those people who is on the phone during the show. I have had the pleasure of having a child with me in the theatre several times in recent years.
The more people your child meets, the more humble, talented and amazing they become. Some of these pioneers are the most humble and talented amazing people you could ever meet. The pros of bringing your kid to a Broadway show are endless!