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19-20 Theater Classes

The Positive Impact of Theatre Education on Kids*

There are plenty of studies that show that the arts are an important part of boosting performance in all areas of life, including academics, yet these are the first programs that are cut from most schools. Unfortunately, all the benefits seem to get swept under the rug and forgotten, especially with all of the technological advances we have experienced.

Although we continue to embrace new technologies, holding on to the arts in all its forms, is vital in creating well rounded, confident and creative people. Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”, which, when you think about it, is more true than ever before. To see how true it is, all you have to do is go onto the internet or download a new app to help you make something in your life easier. None of it would have been possible without imagination and creativity.

Theater training has so many benefits, especially for kids who are still trying to find a place in the world and figure out who they are and what gifts they have to share. Not convinced? Here are 7 ways that theater is beneficial for kids.

 

1.   Sparks Imagination – Creating new ideas, updating old ideas and interpreting them into something new takes creative energy and imagination.

2.   Builds Focus – Reading scripts and plays and practicing and performing them takes concentration and focus which transfers to all other areas of life, including school and sports.

3.   Improves Memory – In order to play a part, you need to know your lines. The process of learning the words and movements for the stage increase our ability to strengthen and use the memory muscle.

4.   Enhance Communication skills – Working with others increases both verbal and nonverbal communication. When working on a play or show, you learn to to articulate and project your voice, as well as to listen and observe.

5.   Empathy – Whenever you play a part, you are, in a sense, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. You take on their thoughts, feelings, behaviors and viewpoints which helps you to understand them and their situation more clearly.

6.   Have Fun – Part of the process of creating includes learning and trying out ideas which often leads to humor, and laughter.

7.   Builds Self Confidence – Learning lines, studying characters, practicing and performing all help to build character and confidence. The student learns to trust their own instincts, ideas and abilities which they take to all aspects of their lives including school, jobs, relationships and challenges.

Theater training, as well as all of the arts, encourages engagement and learning and has a positive impact on emotional, physical and social development. Kids who participate in theater programs enjoy the many benefits it offers and will take those skills throughout their lives, making them more creative, confident and productive individuals. But the best part of getting involved in a theater program is that you meet great people who have similar interests. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s fun.

*Young Actors Theatre Camp

The Positive Impact of Theatre Education on Kids

 

Theater Classes

There is a Fall Semester Theater Class and a Spring Semester Theater Class.  Classes run 10 consecutive weeks for students ranging in age from 5 – 17.  Classes are $100 per student – ($75 for each additional sibling).

Class participants will have the opportunity to audition for the 2 or 3 Youth Theatre Productions during the year.

Fall 2019

Regular Class ages 5 to 9 on Mondays 4:15-5:45PM.  September 9th to November 11th.

Regular Class ages 10 to 17 on Tuesdays 4:15-5:45PM.  September 10th to November 12th.

Advanced Class ages 10 to 17 on Thursdays 4:15-5:45PM for students who have earned at least 4 credits.  September 12th to November 14th.
1 credit for each semester of BSP Youth Classes
1 credit for each week of BSP Youth Summer Camp
1 credit for each BSP Youth Theatre Production

Spring 2020

Regular Class ages 5 to 9 on Mondays 4:15-5:45PM.  February 3rd to April 13th.

Regular Class ages 10 to 17 on Tuesdays 4:15-5:45PM.  February 4th to April 14th.

Advanced Class ages 10 to 17 on Thursdays 4:15-5:30PM for students who have earned at least 4 credits.  February 6th to April 16th.
1 credit for each semester of BSP Youth Classes
1 credit for each week of BSP Youth Summer Camp
1 credit for each BSP Youth Theatre Production

**There will be no class the week of Gainesville ISD Spring Break.

 

Print and complete your forms, then mail or bring with your check or credit card to Butterfield Stage, 201 South Denton St, PO Box 251, Gainesville TX 76240.

Or call 940-665-8152 for more information.

19-20 PRODUCTIONS

Spring 2020
Advanced Class
Features One Act Plays
Postponed, Date TBD

OFFERINGS
By Alan Haehnel
Playscripts Inc.

Kate played by Claire Nasche
Carla played by Ruth Ann Eddleman
Mickey played by Tom Huston
Estelle played by Ava Hillis
Grace played by Maya Dulock
Meg played by Emery Tarrant
Jake played by Drake Landrum
Sam played by Eden Dulock
Casey played by Eleanor Hartman
Morgan played by Kalli Gaston
Voice played by Alfred Weser

A group of students gather in a mysterious location, each carrying a personal artifact to present as an offering to an ominous voice. As each person presents their object, from a sincere reminder of a deceased sister to a fake story about a magical conch shell, it quickly becomes apparent that there is no rhyme or reason behind the selection process. How will these students cope in this situation where they don’t know what acceptance will mean or how they can achieve it?

LEPERS
By Robert G. Barone
Samuel French, Inc.

Martha played by Emma Bayer
Sarah played by Ava Cheshier
Ruth played by Claire Warren
Ellen played by Kate Stubbs
Observer played by Claire Nasche

A small group of women living on the fringes of society, wrapped in bandages and loneliness, deal with denial and acceptance of being the unwanted.