I think what I love most about teaching theatrical performance to students is the opportunity for them to see themselves from a new perspective. From improv to projecting our students are challenged to handle the pressure of delivering lines effectively, at the right time, with the right emotional expression, and in the right place on stage. Self awareness is such an important skill for jr. highers. The way they see themselves affects their academic performance, social connections, and most importantly their self-confidence which is crucial to their development.
Mr. Reese wrote a script for the students to use their acting and stage skills. The story is focused on the importance of not internalizing our social conflicts with others. All students are involved in the performance from playing lead roles, support roles, script managing, costume managing, and set design. Putting on a theatrical performance requires a wide range of talents and skills, and contrary to popular belief, a charismatic lead actor/ress can not carry the show by themselves.
This week, the jr. high class will put on their skit for both chapel services. They are very excited, a little nervous, but mostly enjoying the past quarter of working together toward a common goal. We are looking forward to it, and to seeing them them in a new perspective.