Good Things About Performing Arts

Performing arts, this is one of the most known kind of arts in world today that’s why people got so curious about it. They are asking how it encouraged a lot to try and be hooked to it and that’s maybe because they don’t know that it can provide us with a lot of benefits. Once you commit yourself in making performing arts as a part of your life and hobbies, you will able to earn a lot of learning and knowledge that will surely make you a better person. Some of these are written below:

Developed skills and abilities. When you chose to do performing activities, you will able to develop all your skills and abilities that you have been hiding all this time. Arts will make you the best person that you can be and that is through using your own talents. It will help you have those talents that only few can do and that’s what will make you unique and different from other people. You will undergo a lot of workshops and trainings and all of those will help you to develop your skills to be even better that will surely make people say “wow” once they saw you performing.

Self-confidence. One of the most important things that you can earn with this is great self confidence. When you say performing arts, it means that you will be performing what you’ve got, to a lot of people and that sounds a bit scary especially id you’re not used to it. That’s what performing arts would teach you, to be confident in showing your skills to everyone and be simply proud of it. This confidence that you can learn is not just for that kind of activity but also for the time that you’re ready to face the real world. Have you seen how Jason Derulo confidently poses for his wallpapers and have all that success in life? Through proper training and practice you can be like him in your own wall papers too, in no time. You will have that ability to face anyone with confidence and have all that chances and privileges to bring yourself to success.

Discipline. Because you will be undergoing a lot of trainings in this activity, you are going to learn how to have that discipline to stay focused and follow instructions. They will tend to give you a lot of tests that will not just make you a better person but also an individual who knows how to act properly. You will be performing to a lot of people so you will able to have that discipline of acting only what is needed and be matured enough to act like a professional. You will also be asked to build a good relationship with your co-performers and other people in that set. By experiencing all these things you will surely earn a lot of good values and they will stay with you as long as you live, no matter what happens. It’s like it helps you build your own self and make it the best that it could be

Audition Workshop – Teaching Kids to Present Themselves

When I think about how kids learn to present themselves, one picture in particular comes to mind. I remember 12 years ago, when I was auditioning kids for a youth production of “The Wizard of Oz”. There was a small, fragile and lovely little girl with a teeny tiny little voice who would only look at her shoes. Despite her shyness, her voice held immense promise. It was high pitched and as clear as a bell. She landed the part of the good witch, had her first solo, and by performance time, had stopped looking at her shoes. That same young lady is now a popular local country singer with her own CD. I realized during that audition process that most young people, unless trained, do not really have a clue as to how to audition. The very next youth production I held auditions for was preceded by an auditon workshop.

As a producer of community-based youth musicals, I realized early on that what I did know multiplied by 100 was equal to what I did not know. I use this law as a constant reminder to learn from observation. My observation of that little girl made me realize the importance of preparing a child for the audition process. Sure, she came to the audition with potential, but I realized that I really could have provided her with a kick-start via a workshop on auditioning. From that point on, all of the shows that I have produced have some level of audition-preparedness built in on the front-end.

Taking the approach that children learn by example, I start my audition workshops by performing a faux audition as a confident, experienced actor, with myself as the person auditioning. I also perform a contrasting audition as an inexperienced person stricken with stage fright. This provides them with a concept of what they can do, given the proper tools.

I then take each step of the audition process, and break it down. I focus on the following points:

1. Where to look. When a young person is feeling the first anxiety of stage fright, they tend to freeze up and either stare at the floor or their eyes flicker around like a firefly. Although actors can be required to focus visually based on the direction and scenario, for audition purposes I encourage the visual focus to be just over the heads of the audience, with the chin slightly lifted. Sometimes there may be a clock or other fixture on the wall for them to fix on.

2. Vocal projection. Most children by nature have small natural voices (barring when they are yelling). As a primer to vocal exercise, I encourage them to take a breath prior to each phrase. I ask them to visualize sending their voice to the back of the room without yelling.

3. Vocal dynamics, anunciation, and timing. Using a sentence or two from the script, I deliver it in a variety of ways, and then ask them to identify what was different. This helps them become sensitive to how volume, pace, and clarity relate to the effect of the words upon the audience.

4. Posture and stance. I suggest to the young people that unless the director has requested them to take on the appearance of a specific character, that they practice good, common sense posture. I also identify common traits associated with stage fright, such as fidgeting, and touching the face and hair. Once mindful of these traits, they are less prone to do them.

5. Entry and exit. I describe the importance of making a confident entrance, properly introducing yourself, greeting the judges, and exiting gracefully with a “thank you” at the end.

The final portion of the workshop is used to allow each person to perform two or more faux auditions. After the first one, I identify reasonable areas of improvement for that child, after which they perform their next (and almost always significantly better) second audition.

The audition workshop has an immense impact on the kids who audition for our productions. I hope that you will consider this concept when it’s time to produce your next performing arts experience for young people.