OTTERSHAW JUNIOR SCHOOL

Autumn Term 2019

An energetic class that covers each of the performing arts disciplines.

This club will run on Tuesdays in the Junior School, main hall from 3:15pm-4:15pm.

Your child will be introduced to the magical world of Musical Theatre and gain access to specialist tuition in dance, acting and singing. Throughout the weeks, they'll work collaboratively, recreating a variety of scenes, characters and scenarios from some of the worlds most loved musicals! 

Classes will run on Tuesdays throughout the Spring term commencing on 14th Jan and finishing on 31st March.

Cost - £70 per child (siblings £60)

Click on the REGISTER button above for payment details. (bank transfer or cheque accepted)

Read below for more information on why the Performing Arts is such an important part of your child's education.

 

Dramatic play and theatre classes not only prepare your child to step into the spotlight but they can also help your child’s development of life skills which will set them on a path for a successful life in which ever career they choose. Below are just 7 of the important life skills children can gain by participating.

  1. Self-Confidence- by preparing for a performance and playing theatre games on a regular basis kids get used to being in front and speaking in front of others. By observing other students learn, it is ok to make creative choices on stage and by having a safe and nurturing environment to rehearse scenes, children gain confidence and diminish feelings of stage fright.

  2. Flexibility & Problem Solving-  Just as in life, things on-stage don’t always go as planned. By playing improvisational games that get young actors to think quick on their feet and by working through unplanned mistakes during performances and rehearsals, kids learn to how to be flexible by going with the flow and also improve problem solving skills as they find ways to hide mistakes from the audience.

  3. Creativity & Imagination- Drama classes and performances give kids the opportunity to let loose and make creative choices. When creating characters and situations, kids are developing their ability to view things in a new way and from different perspectives. The ability to put themselves in other roles and situations can transfer into the ability to come up with solutions to real problems.

  4. Teamwork- Though it is not often viewed as a team sport- acting in a scene or play is a very collaborative act. Everyone in a scene is important, if someone forgets to come on stage, misses a line, forgets to move somewhere, looses concentration or etc. the others onstage have to work together in the moment to try and adapt with out the audience knowing that something went awry.

  5. Physical Development- Most acting classes and pre-performance routines include a physical warm-up comprised of stretching, movement and concentration activities to help prepare actors for the physicality and mentally of any role they might play which could include emulating the way a gymnast, football player, a senior citizen or a preschooler might move and hold their body. Musical Theatre requires kids to sing, dance and act simultaneously.

  6. Language and Communication– By playing new games, learning songs, reading from scripts and through pretend play kids develop their vocabulary, ability to project (speak loudly),and their articulation & diction (speaking clearly). When in class or onstage they are encouraged to express themselves verbally, through facial expressions and body language which are key in making them better and more effective communicators for a life time.

  7. Concentration– When kids are encouraged to listen to each other’s thoughts and ideas, take turns and to focus in the moment on the activities at hand, they are developing their concentration skills. Not to mention it takes a lot of concentration to remember lines or even just to remember to stay focused and in character.