There are plenty of reasons to see a high school plays, whether it be parents wanting to see their children perform or simply wanting to support the school and the performing arts. A lot of hard work goes into making a school production. It can be argued that taking part in a musical can help students learn teamwork, coordination because of dance numbers and teach students how to break out of their shells and be more confident.
School plays look like fun and games, but they require a lot of hard work and dedication from everyone involved. Students often have rehearsals three or four times a week after school, which may increase as the date for the show approaches. However, once opening night rolls around and the show begins, all of that hard work begins to pay off as students are given the chance to shine. When it all comes together, that’s when the magic happens.
Students and even adults are often amazed by the amount of work that goes into producing even the simplest of plays. Many have often testified to everything going wrong the night before, with sets not being finished and tech not working or even actors still not having their lines memorized. However, when the show starts, somehow everything falls into place. Students are no longer nervous, they are just determined to do a good job and entertain the audience.
High school is an important moment in a child’s life, as they begin to enter the adult world. Performing in a school musical or play teaches students how to budget time, how to be comfortable with themselves and how to present themselves properly to an audience. Participating in a musical, particularly musicals with a large ensemble can show how important every roll, no matter how seemingly insignificant, can play a huge part in the over-all big picture and that it’s everything working together that makes the whole thing work.
School musicals and plays allow students to become friends with others who share the same interests. Students become more sociable and confident in themselves. Acting also teaches students empathy as it allows them to put themselves into the life of a character. They start to feel how their character would and get to live out part of someone else’s life. Students learn the value of hard work and the importance of practice.
When it comes to stage productions, actors and directors don’t have the luxury of a “take two.” Any mistakes that happen, the actors and everyone else has to roll with it. It’s a great teaching skill for students on how to improvise when things go wrong. Some of the best moments can come from how an actor handles something going wrong. And these lessons are then ones that students can use in real life when they enter the working force.
Acting is not the only way a student can participate in a musical or play. If the thought of getting up on stage is too much, there’s always helping with set design or helping with lighting and special effects if a student is more into technology. One of the most important parts of any musical, of course, is the orchestra. For without musical instruments and its musicians, there would be no music for the actors to sing to. The orchestra is often overlooked when it comes to school musicals, but the right music can set the mood and elevate the production to a new level. It’s why the relationship between the ensemble and orchestra and indeed the rest of the production team is so important. When one fails, it’s hard for the other parts to go on as well. However, when they all come together, it’s spectacular.
There is no doubt that school musicals are an important part of a high school’s curriculum. Not only is it fun for the students who participate in them, they’re fun to watch as well. A lot of talk around town turns towards the productions schools are putting on and it’s hard not to become excited for them.
There will be no lack of variety with the school musicals and plays in 2020. The Jamestown Gazette invites you to our local area High Schools to support the Actors, Musicians, Directors, and Stage Crew.