5 Life Lessons from 8 Years in Theatre

Camp Broadway blog, oh, how I have missed you. This is Emma, back after a somewhat hiatus of focusing on my sophomore year, stage managing, and all sorts of other craziness. Today, I’m here to share with you some of the things I’ve learned from doing theatre for eight years. That’s over half my life! One of the most well-known phrases today is definitely the cliche, “All the World’s a Stage”. After doing over 30 shows, I’d have to agree with this. So, without further ado, here are five, crucial life lessons that I’ve learned from doing theatre. 

I am the second from the right in the yellow dress, playing Mrs. Mayor in Seussical. These friends are not only my cast members, but my family.

  1. Trust the Process– Seriously, doing theatre will most definitely test your patience sometimes, however, you’ll learn to depend on your production staff to lead the way. They are experienced in the field and will teach you everything you need to know, all in due time. This benefits you in the future because you’ll know how to trust that whoever is leading the way has a plan to reach the finish line!
  2. Criticism is OK. Say it with me, criticism is OK. It’s okay not to be perfect. In the theatre world, you are going to hear the word  “no” much more than “yes”. It is much easier to get turned down when you are older applying for jobs after doing theatre, since you are used to being turned down and getting constructive criticism. You’ll learn that directors aren’t being mean during notes, but they are doing all that they can to make your performance better!
  3. Time Management is Key! Between balancing rehearsals with homework, work, sports, and other things, you will become fantastic at time management; trust me, this is a great skill when you get into high school!
  4. Your Team is Your Family. Theatre really is a team effort- take out one cast member and a harmony part may go completely missing! After taking part in a few shows, you will know how to work in “harmony” (get it?) with several others, and strengthen your communication skills with others as well.
  5. Be Open. If nothing else, theatre will teach you what it’s like to have a loving family that is always concerned about you and your dreams. If you are open to sharing with your fellow cast members, you’ll learn so many life lessons from numerous different people who have been through so many different things.

These are only five things that came out of doing theatre, and I can’t wait to see what I’m going to learn next. Remember always to be flexible and open to change, and to really love on your cast (aka family) while you have them. Something a director said to me changed my outlook on each show: you will never do the exact same show with the same cast and production staff after closing. So take in every moment that you get to spend with some of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet, and most importantly, commit to the show and tell a story. After all, that’s what theatre is all about, right?

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