3 Lessons for the Whole World from the 2018 Tony Awards

On Sunday, June 10th, New York City’s Radio City Music Hall was abuzz with the glamour and thrill of Broadway’s brightest stars, all gathered together for one magical night: the 72nd Annual Tony Awards.

Hosted by Broadway music luminaries Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban—self-proclaimed “losers” of the Academy Awards—the ceremony focused not only on the Tony-winning artists themselves, but on artists and actors across the nation who haven’t yet been recognized, and are patiently awaiting their time in the spotlight.

This was a particularly great message for teen performing arts students:

You haven’t lost, you just have not been recognized—yet.

Showing retro photos of the Tony Awards presenters in their first theater productions as young children, Bareilles and Groban urged Tony viewers at home to do the same: tweet photos of their first performances with the #TonyDreaming. These photos were featured on a scrolling screen throughout the night, a la DEAR EVAN HANSEN style. This interactive campaign celebrated the joy of participating in live theater, and encouraged everyone at home to keep reaching for their theater goals, whatever they may be.

This was a second great message for performing arts students:

Celebrate your first role and every role thereafter. If theater is your passion, stick with it!

Presenters and nominees also made impactful global and political statements to spur positive change in the world. Here are three powerful life lessons to unite us all:

  1. Ask for Help:

    In his powerful acceptance speech for Direction of a Musical, THE BAND’S VISIT Director David Cromer urged people struggling with mental illnesses to reach out to those around them for support and help. He stated,

“One of the things THE BAND’S VISIT concerns itself with is people who, due to loneliness [or] isolation, may have started to lose hope. And I wish that I had the words or the wisdom to say [something] to the people out there… whose despair is overwhelming their hope. I wish I had a way to convince them to continue looking, to have the patience and the courage to keep trying to find hope…. If you are suffering, please, please call out. And for those of us who are fortunate enough not to be suffering so deeply, let’s make sure that we answer them.”

  1. Be the Change:

    Both Ari’el Stachel (Tony Award Winner for Featured Actor in a Musical) and Orin Wolf (Producer of the Tony Award Winner for Best Musical) of THE BAND’S VISIT focused their speeches on messages of unity across cultural borders in their acceptance speeches, encouraging citizens to be agents of positive change despite divisive political atmospheres. Ari’el Stachel passionately stated:

“Both of my parents are here tonight, and I have avoided so many events with them, because for so many years of my life, I pretended that I was not a Middle Eastern person…. I’m just so thankful to Orin Wolf, John, and John for being courageous…. [and] for telling the small story about Arabs and Israelis getting along at a time where we need that more than ever.

I am part of a cast of actors who never believed that they’d be able to portray their own races, and we are doing that. And not only that, we’re getting messages from kids all over the Middle East thanking us, and telling us how transformative our representation is for them….

 I want any kid who’s watching to know that your biggest obstacle may turn into your purpose.”

Orin Wolf echoed this heartfelt sentiment:

“Although the characters are strangers to each other, with great political divides, our show offers a message of unity in a world that, more and more, seems bent on amplifying our differences…. In the end, we are all far more alike than different. And I’m so proud to be a part of a community that chooses to support that message.”

  1. Cure Hate with Love:

    In the middle of the Tony Awards ceremony, Drama teacher Melody Herzfeld of Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gave an eloquent and empowering acceptance speech for her Special Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education. She spoke about the responsibilities of being a theater educator: not just to instruct students in performance techniques, but to teach them to cultivate creativity and resilience and compassion. She continued:

“We all have a common energy. We all want the same thing. We cannot deny it. To be heard. To hit our mark. To tell our truth. To make a difference. And to be loyally respected. We teach this every day in every arts class…. And ours is only one small part, but it is the most important part of a child’s education.”

Following her speech, a group of her students—drama student survivors from the Parkland high school shooting on February 14, 2018—took to the stage to sing “Seasons of Love” from RENT.

The undying message of these high school students—that love is more powerful than hate—serves as a reminder to us all.

As you look forward to the upcoming Broadway season, remember the lessons of this year’s Tony Awards nominees: reaching out for help when you need it, stepping up to provide positive leadership, and choosing love over divisiveness every time.

Remember, Camp Broadway readers: every one of us has the power to change the world for the better.

 

Were you inspired by the positive messages of unity from the 2018 Tony Awards? Share your positive messages in the comments below!

Carnegie Hall…What an Experience!!!

The New York Pops Birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall occurs once a year. At this event, New York’s most talented performers gather to put on a breathtaking show with the magnificent New York Pops orchestra! Some notable performers from past years include: Sutton Foster, Jeremy Jordan, Queen Latifah, Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe, Harvey Fierstein, Lea Salonga, Angela Lansbury, Alan Menken, and the Camp Broadway Kids Ensemble! For the past four years I have been a part of the kids ensemble that Camp Broadway trains to perform at Carnegie Hall with Broadway stars! In one weekend, the Camp Broadway Kids Ensemble learns routines that will be performed at the gala, works with Broadway professionals, takes workshops with Broadway actors, and makes friends that will last a lifetime!
This year was the New York Pops 35th Birthday Gala! Every year the Pops honor an inspiring individual at their event, and this year the honoree was Alan Menken! As a member of the Camp Broadway Kids Ensemble, I was able to work alongside Alan Menken and perform his works on the Carnegie Hall stage! Performing at Carnegie Hall was one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I am going to share these three exciting days with all of you!

Day One (Friday April 27):
* Reunited with friends from last year and met some new friends!
* Learned Seize the Day from Newsies and Be our Guest from Beauty and the Beast- the highlight of the day!
* Got my Newsies costume- I loved it!

Day Two:
* Did a fun body warm-up to start off the day!
* Met the New York Pops conductor, Steven Reinke, and rehearsed our songs and dances with him!
* Met Laura Osnes, my idol, and had a Q&A with her! This was definitely a highlight of my day!

Day Three (Show Day!):
* Had a rehearsal on the Carnegie Hall Stage! Corey Cott took a video of us and put it on his instagram story!
* We all got to watch the stars rehearse on the stage- This was probably one of the coolest experiences of my life!
* Met Alan Menken and watched him observe the rehearsal!
Show time!
* Angela Lansbury smiled at me!!! I was in shock!
* Waited by the stage door with my Camp Broadway friends and got the star’s signatures!

****One of the greatest nights of my life! Thank you Camp Broadway! *****

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Rocktopia on Broadway

With a name like Rocktopia you know you’re in for a good time! There were so many super talented Rocktopians including Co-founders of Rocktopia, Rob Evan and Randall Craig Fleischer, Alyson Cambridge, Chloe Lowery, Tony Vincent, Kimberly Nicole, Máiréad Nesbitt, Tony Bruno, Henry Aronson, Mat Fieldes, and Alex Alexander to name a few, plus an amazing choir and orchestra, what more could you want? There is no way anyone can walk away from that show without having so much fun! My favorite part? It was my Broadway debut!

Thirty kids (all making our Broadway debuts!) gathered Sunday morning for one of the most thrilling experiences of our lives! We started the day out with a master class in rock singing with the fantastic Brandon Ethridge! Throughout the day we learned our choreography and music at a professional level pace. Then the moment came for our rehearsal on the stage of the Broadway Theatre! Chloe Lowry was a gem and an inspiration! She was so supportive of each of us! We counted down the minutes until we hit the stage again. This time in front of a live audience. Each of us was ecstatic to sing Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is” on stage with Chloe Lowery and share the wings with the other very talented vocalists. As soon as we walked on stage there was a fantastic cheer from the audience and we ended our song with a standing ovation. And just like that, it was over. I had made my Broadway debut. We returned to our seats and the energy from each of us was overwhelming. We couldn’t help but sing along and enjoy the rest of Rocktopia.  Rocktopia had everyone on their feet by the end of the night!

I still can not quite put into words my thoughts and emotions from my performance in Rocktopia. I have been blessed with so many opportunities and have rehearsed on numerous Broadway stages (thanks to Camp Broadway), but this felt totally different. The exhilaration of walking out onto the Broadway Theatre stage and singing and dancing with everything I had for a full house was a feeling I will never forget! And it solidified one thing, I can’t wait to do it again! I can’t thank Camp Broadway enough for the opportunity to perform with Rocktopia and thank you to Rocktopia for making my dream come true. It was an amazing, absolutely unforgettable night! Rock on!

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Rocktopia: The Road To Broadway

Rocktopia is everything the name sounds like and more! As their website says, it is “A rule-busting multimedia extravaganza, Rocktopia fuses the most iconic 20th-Century Rock with the most world-renowned classical compositions. Five world-class vocalists – backed by a full symphony orchestra, an electrifying rock band, and a powerhouse choir – take the very concept of music to electrifying heights”.

Joshua William Green is an incredible Actor/Singer/Dancer and he was honored to make his Broadway debut in the powerhouse choir of Rocktopia! Interviewing Green was an awesome privilege for me. I first met Joshua William Green four years ago when I went to see Ragtime at Top Hat Productions, a local community theatre. He was playing Coalhouse Walker and his performance was mesmerizing. I had only just begun my musical theatre journey, but I knew that I was witnessing something special. I was right because in just a couple years Green went on to perform in the National Tour of Ragtime. To this day, that production has had a huge influence on my theatre career and Ragtime remains one of my most favorite musicals.

Joshua William Green is one choir member with a special connection to Rocktopia. He’s seen the show progress from the beginning. “I was a sophomore or junior in college,” he replied when asked when he first did the show. A Youngstown native, Green had the unique experience of doing a trial run of the show while it was in the early stages. The show ran at Powers Auditorium in Youngstown, Ohio with The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, under Randall Craig Fleischer, the conductor/music director who also happens to be a co-creator of Rocktopia with Rob Evan.  After the show ended in Youngstown, however, it would be a while before Green would hear about the show again. Green had been performing in Lancaster at Sight & Sound Theatre when he found out that Rocktopia was getting ready to head to Broadway.  “It’s a place I didn’t expect myself to be,” he confessed humbly when asked about performing on Broadway.  I think he is right where he belongs!

When asked what he is most looking forward to after the close of Rocktopia, he replied “Sleep, sleep and more sleep!” and laughed. I doubt he will take too much time though because it won’t be long before he finds his amazing voice back on the Broadway stage! He is definitely one performer to look out for!

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5 Reasons to Attend Camp Broadway, As Told By Camper Emma Suttell

Hi all! It’s Emma again, one of your Camp Broadway bloggers. Today, I’m bringing you something that you might’ve not seen before- my experience at Camp Broadway. In 2016, I went to Camp Broadway ON TOUR in Tempe, Arizona, at ASU Gammage and I had the best week of my summer, by far! I’m going to be sharing with you my Top 5 Reasons to attend Camp Broadway this summer, because let’s be clear, if you go to CB, you won’t regret it!

1. Perform in a spectacular showcase!

One of my favorite parts of camp was getting to perform at the end of the week for the Family Finale. Not only did my group get to perform selections from one of my favorite musicals, Legally Blonde, but we got to perform at the Galvin Playhouse, a college theatre. I’ve heard that if you attend CB in New York City, you get to perform in an off-Broadway theatre- what’s cooler than that?

2. See a professional show!

During your time at Camp Broadway, you’ll get to see your talent in the real world onstage! You’ll get the amazing opportunity to go see a show with professional actors, and trust me, there’s nothing quite like watching your dream play out onstage.

 

3. Experience exclusive opportunities you won’t find anywhere else!

 

When I attended Camp Broadway, I had the amazing opportunity to eat lunch with the touring cast of Newsies and ask them some questions. In fact, I still use my backpack that is signed by the Newsies themselves! At one year of Camp Broadway, campers got to meet several child actors that are on the Great White Way nightly. Camp Broadway truly gives you experiences that you won’t be able to get anywhere else.

4. Learn from some of the best around!

Not only does Camp Broadway do an amazing job planning unique and exclusive events throughout the week, but the fun doesn’t stop even for a minute. You’re always getting to learn from some of the best professionals in the industry; from vocal coaches to choreographers, you can be sure that you’re in good hands at Camp Broadway.

5. Meet lifelong friends!

Believe it or not, I am still in touch with many of my friends from Camp Broadway! Even though we only got to know each other for a week, Camp Broadway helped us break-the-ice right away. We all got to bond, sing, dance, and play together all week, and the girls that were in my group (Let’s go, Nederlanders!) have become some of my best friends.

If you’re even thinking about going to Camp Broadway this summer, be sure to show this post to your parents to get them thinking about camp! We’d love to have you there with us. Are you going to camp this summer? Comment below, I love hearing when someone is excited to go to Camp Broadway for the first time or even when they’re coming back for a fifth year! Until you go, I promise you’ve never experienced anything like it. Give it a try this summer, and you’ll have the best week of your summer! Until next time Camp Broadway!

 

 

 

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An Interview with A CHORUS LINE Cast Member Ryan Koerber

When he was only a high-schooler, Ryan Koerber made his Broadway debut- but his mainstage performances didn’t stop there. After taking home the Roger Rees Award, (previously called The Gershwin Award), an award presented to one male and one female high school student each year in New York, Ryan’s life took a turn as he stepped onstage for the 2015 Jimmy Awards. The program gave him the opportunity to participate in an incredible training experience that led him to his current career as a performer, and currently, a cast member in the national touring cast of A Chorus Line. I had the incredible opportunity to interview Ryan about his experience with the cast of A Chorus Line, and some of the other life-changing experiences he’s been able to take part in because of his career.

“Not only did it open up doors for career opportunities, it allowed me to personally confirm that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life” says Ryan, “It was an experience that I will never forget, and I love seeing it continue to impact the lives of others.”

EMMA: What has your experience with A Chorus Line been like so far?

KOERBER: A Chorus Line has made me grow more and more every day as a person and performer. Getting the opportunity to learn the show from Baayork Lee has been a blessing like no other. It is an honor to go onstage every night and carry out the legacy Michael Bennett began in 1975. Touring can be quite the challenge, especially when you are dealing with a show that is this physically demanding. When you are constantly sitting on buses or planes, going from city to city on a tight schedule, it can be challenging to keep your body healthy and prevent injury. It is vitally important to be cautious at all times and be kind to your well being. Some of my favorite moments in A Chorus Line are the iconic “headshot charge line,” dancing the Montage Four sequence in “Hello, Twelve. Hello Thirteen…,” singing “What I Did For Love” with the company, and of course dancing the iconic finale when the starburst walls appear.

A picture from Ryan’s performance at the Jimmy Awards

While touring the country, Ryan has admired one audience after the next. He says that the energy and responses of each audience in each city is always different, which always adds a fresh, new aspect to each and every performance.

Another unique aspect of the show is that several of the characters are based off of the personalities and personas of the original cast. One of Ryan’s favorite parts of playing Bobby on tour? Ryan has the opportunity to dive into the life of Thommie Walsh, the original Bobby.

EMMA: What was your experience like helping with Camp Broadway’s performance in the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

KOERBER: Assisting Camp Broadway at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was such a joy to see young kids of all ages experience what Camp Broadway has to offer. It is incredible to be part of a program that gave children of military families the opportunity to see New York City (most of them for the first time), learn from Broadway performers, develop relationships with other kids who have the same interests, and be a part of an iconic event that holds tradition in our country. Watching children be inspired and grow over a short period of time is something special that I was proud to be a part of.

EMMA: What is your advice for young, aspiring actors and actresses?

KOERBER: Someone once told me that we have nothing to prove and everything to share. That has always resonated with me. When we have talk backs with students that are aspiring actors asking for advice, one of the most important things we say is that if you are passionate about something, do not be afraid to pursue that passion and share what you have to offer. It is so important to first and foremost be yourself. It is a waste of energy and your own talents to try to be what you think others want you to be. Also, always thank your teachers and your mentors!

Ryan with other members of the cast of A CHORUS LINE

FUN FACT: Not only is Ryan a spectacular performer, but he has a secret talent and conversation-starter up his sleeve. When he was young, Ryan often baked with his grandmother and had a special talent for one aspect of baking in particular. He found that he had a fascination with cake decorating, which developed into a unique and amazing hobby. Ryan mentioned that with this fun fact being present on his resume, he has been asked about it before while in the audition room!

If you’d like to get to know Ryan better, you can visit his website www.ryan-koerber.com or follow him on Instagram @ryan_koerber. It’s no secret that Ryan has a bright future ahead of him on the Great White Way. Remember- even the smallest steps while you’re in high school can lead to something great and life-changing! You can do it, CB’ers!

Thank you to Ryan for the wonderful advice and the spectacular opportunity to interview you!

5 Fun Theatre Resolutions and Goals for 2018!

With January quickly coming to a close, I have to admit, some of my New Year’s Resolutions have not been turning out quite as planned. Let me be honest- I haven’t exactly finished two novels in the first month of 2018, however, I decided that I could focus on other goals, such as those related to theatre. I’m absolutely elated to share my 2018 Theatre Resolutions with you, and I hope that maybe you’ll get some inspiration, or comment some of your own resolutions for 2018 below!

1. Stage-Manage At Least One Show

I love working behind the scenes volunteering at a local community theatre, but I have yet to take on the lead role of being a stage manager. I think that this would be a great learning experience and I am definitely ready to dive into the realm of technical theatre.

2. Find a Go-To Audition Monologue

Each time I go to an audition, I seem to have an endless list of songs that I am ready to sing, but no monologue! This year, I’d like to find a spectacular monologue that I can bring with me to every audition.

3. Invest More Time in Dance Lessons

Even though I already take ballet, I think that it would benefit me greatly this year to put more time and effort into my dance classes. Not only will it help me improve my dance skills for shows, but it is a great way to exercise while having fun at the same time!

4. Take a Leap and Try a Straight Play

I haven’t done a straight play in years. In 2018, I want to push myself out of my comfort zone again and grow in my acting abilities.

5. Host a Tony Awards Viewing Party

I have to admit, the majority of my theatre friends and I always watch the annual Tony Awards, but we’ve never watched them all together! How fun would it be to be the friend that gets to host this star-studded night?

There you have it, 5 of my Theatre Resolutions! I think that 2018 is going to prove to be a wonderful theatre season that has many opportunities. One of those opportunities is attending a Camp Broadway camp this summer! I went to Camp Broadway Tempe in 2016 and it was my favorite week of the summer, by far. I strongly encourage you all to give one of CB’s programs a try this summer! Thank you for reading, and comment your resolutions below!

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This Season’s Practical and Perfectly-Priced Broadway Gift Guide

This holiday season, here at Camp Broadway, we’re making it easy to find the perfect gift for your favorite theatre-lover! Here are five perfectly-priced and practical gifts featuring this season’s most popular musicals.

First up, one of my favorite shirts that I own, the “Eat Sleep Theatre Repeat” shirt (made by Etsy user StagAndCo) is only $23.95 and is perfect for the actor, stage manager, or techie that is always at rehearsal.

Just right for those who are always in awe of the spectacular costumes on Broadway is this print of Broadway’s most famous costumes over time (made by Etsy user PopChartLab. The print itself is only $29.00, and you can save money by purchasing your own frame to hang it in!

Looking for something more simple? For only $10, you can purchase Broadway-themed ornaments (made by Etsy user PartyPaperFavor). These adorable adornments for the tree come in the theme of several different musicals, such as Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Lion King, or Hamilton!

 

 

If you’re trying to find something shiny or sparkly this holiday season, a piece of jewelry might be the best option- try this Dear Evan Hansen inspired necklace (made by Etsy user PerfectionB)! It is engraved with the lyrics “You Will Be Found” and is absolutely beautiful. For only $13, it truly is a cheap and fantastic addition to your wishlist or shopping cart!


My personal favorite theatre-related gift I’ve ever received was a box of 
Official Playbill Frames! They allow me to display all of my favorite playbills (including my treasured signed ones!) on my wall for visitors to see when they enter my room. This is a practical gift idea, and at only $15.99 per frame, they provide a stunning place to display your playbills, as well as some neat room decor.

Did you find something to add to your wishlist? Maybe something to put in the cart for a friend or family member? Let me know in the comments down below if you found anything that I didn’t mention, or what your favorite theatre-themed gift has been!

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“The Heat Is On In Saigon”

By Skylar Raye Noyes

My all time favorite musical is Miss Saigon! The music, the romance, and the story take my breath away. I have always been a major fan of the show and when I heard it was coming back to Broadway, I was ecstatic! Nothing was going to stand in my way of seeing this incredible musical! The night I was going to see the show finally came. I remember entering the theatre and gasped as I saw the set on stage. It was an unbelievable sight to see! I couldn’t believe that I was finally going to see the show that I had been obsessing over for so long, live and on Broadway! It was surreal! As the house lights dimmed and the orchestra began to play the overture, I felt my heart pounding out of my chest. The show began and it was one of the greatest shows I have ever seen on Broadway! Eva Noblezada (Kim) had me in tears the entire show. One of the most memorable performances in the show was when she sang “I’d Give My Life For You.” It was a showstopper, sent chills down my spine, and had me sobbing the entire time.

Another memorable number was when Alistair Brammer (Chris) performed “Why God Why.” It is one of my favorite songs in the entire show and he did an outstanding job! One of my favorite numbers in the musical was “The Morning of the Dragon.” This number is very intense and the dancing is incredible! Another showstopper was when the amazing Jon Jon Briones performed “The American Dream.” He is such a captivating performer! And last but not least, the scene where the helicopter flies on stage is an iconic moment in the show that amazed me. Overall, the whole show was remarkable!

I was fortunate enough go backstage after the show and interview Minami Yusui! Minami is in the ensemble of Miss Saigon. She is an amazing performer and dancer with an incredible story to tell of her path to Broadway. She was kind enough to share her amazing story of passion and hard work with our Camp Broadway readers!

What is your favorite part about being on Broadway?

“It’s a dream come true, I’ve always wanted to be on Broadway. I worked so many years and did so many things to get here and the fact that I’ve achieved my dreams means a lot!”

What advice do you have for kids who want to be on Broadway someday?

“Keep your passion! Always remember why you are doing it, the feeling you had with the first show you ever saw, or whatever motivated you to dedicate your time to this craft. Remember that matters, because when you are going through some difficult times or whenever you get discouraged, always go back to why you are doing it, maybe that wonderful feeling you had or that passion you were given.”

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

“I have a lot of things, but usually yoga and meditation, and to make sure to check in with myself everyday to keep my mind grounded. It can be very dangerous, you can get hurt and once you get hurt you can be out for many days, so take care of each show. I check in with myself every day and make sure I feel grounded.”

Ever think you would be on Broadway?
“I thought it would be cool, but I was in Japan, I didn’t even speak English. I don’t think I was that realistic. I just had so much passion and just dreamt, it would be so wonderful to be on Broadway and do that! I watched the Tony Awards and didn’t understand any of the speeches, I just dreamt big! I guess I always wanted to and didn’t really think, oh if I couldn’t actually be on Broadway. I just had that big feeling of dreaming about it! I couldn’t be happier. I am very grateful and very lucky!”

Minami’s story is so inspiring! Hearing about how she came from Japan with nothing but a dream, not knowing the language, and reaching her goal of performing on Broadway is incredible! Her advice is to stay focused on your goals and work hard! Thank you Minami for sharing your love and passion for theatre with the readers of Camp Broadway!

 

 

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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