The Davie County Arts Council announces that it’s time for Missoula Children’s Theatre! The nation’s largest touring children’s theatre will visit Mocksville for only 1 week this summer: August 6-11. Registrations for Children’s Summer Theatre are due no later than August 1st. Student walk-ins on the day of auditions will not be accepted this year.
Open Auditions for Students age 8 through 15
On Monday, August 6th, two actor/directors from Missoula Children’s Theatre roll into town with all of the scripts, sets, and costumes needed for up to sixty students to put on a play. There will be open auditions for students who are ages 8 through 15.
Auditions will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 6th on the Brock stage. Auditions are low key, fun, and done all together as a group. Students who have good listening skills, cheerful attitudes, loud voices and smiling faces usually get parts with more lines and responsibilities.
Missoula Children’s Theatre will cast (60) local students for Missoula’s own version of Hansel and Gretel. The group rehearses the show throughout the week, and holds two public performances at the end of the week. Not all students will rehearse each day.
Enormous Personal Benefits that will Stay with them Long into Adulthood
In learning drama, children learn a wide range of appropriate ways of communicating. They learn to project their voice and to speak words clearly.
Children learn those subtle cues that we all give away when we are interacting with someone else. It may mean a mannerism, or understanding others by watching and listening. Hard to do in this “text messaging world.”
In learning drama, children are learning that important quality of empathy. It allows, if only briefly, for the actor to experience how someone else thinks and acts.
Children learn how to act, obviously. This may seem strange – who but actors need to act? We do. We do it every single day. For example –we go to a job interview, terribly nervous and yet hide our nerves.
Drama works to promote imagination. Imagination is one of life’s essential ingredients. Imagination gives life excitement – it keeps things interesting. Even our top scientists need an imagination. In order to find a cure for cancer, for example, the scientist must first be able to imagine a cure. Imagination also helps children write short stories for English assignments.
Drama, by its very nature, requires that the child be put into circumstances – physically, mentally and emotionally – that are outside their understanding of how things should be. This helps them to grow as a person. Being a part of a theatrical production teaches your child team work. Each actor relies on the other actors to know their lines and play the part as rehearsed.
So, you can see that by encouraging drama both at school and in the home, you are giving your child some enormous personal benefits that will stay with them long into adulthood.
Details and More…
Please visit the Davie County Arts Council for additional details, including a printable registration form and a copy of the 2012 brochure.