We all love Musicals because of their fun-filled plot, catchy music, and the colorful costumes that keep us entertained. But there is something more than just entertainment when it comes to Musical Theatre.
Musical Theatre is a combination of
When it comes to co-curricular activities, we often tend to go for one of these performing arts form. But along with learning a new art form, we end up learning few soft-skills that make us a better individual and more employable! One great example is when a musical has a sad plot, we still learn to be optimistic. Similarly, here are a few skills that facilitates in maximizing our learning potential from these art forms:
1. Team Work & Communication Skills - As a part of a musical, everyone needs to be in sync. In order to produce a great performance, every member of the musical needs to collaborate and trust one another. It is essential to be a great listener in order to communicate effectively with other actors.
2. Confidence & Self-Esteem - be it singing, dancing or acting in a musical, every actor has to come out of their comfort zone. It is true that famous celebrities such as Rihanna, Adele or even Jennifer Lawrence have stage fright or performance anxiety. Being able to perform in front of audiences multiple times help us overcome nervousness and gain that confidence level.
3. Creativity, Criticial Thinking & Problem Solving - We all know that there is creativity involved when it comes to playwrighting, directing and acting. But what we ignore is the fact that actors & performers also enhance their ability to solve problems. For example, making props, lights & sound testing- all of these require to first evaluate problems & them come up with a solution. Additionally, working through unplanned mistakes during performances is another key skill that a musical theatre student majors at.
4. Improve Learning skills - As a part of any character being played, it is utmost important to first research about the character and history linked with it. As a theatre student, we talk to people to understand and analyse their mind, dig-up history from books and newspapers, watch documentaries to build up and learn more about our character to be played on stage or screen. Additionally, musicals & drama lessons allow us to be part of any social, cultural or global events, we learn more about our society & surroundings. As a pert of Perform Australia, 'A Tragedy is Wanted' is a performance piece prepared by students of Advanced Diploma of Performance . It talks about the challenges of gender relations in contemporary society.
5. Lastly, we all learn to be emotionally intelligent. This means, as actors we learn to empathize with one another - as they learn about feeling, understanding & playing different emotions, pay attention to our surroundings, become self-aware in order to make our acting more real and develop social skills. At Perform Australia, every lesson/class starts with running a few drama games to get actors active, focused and aware.
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Theatre Games offers exercises & activities that can be enjoyed by broad range of ages & abilities.
At Perform Australia, we practice these high-energy & fun-filled games to encourage clarity of thought, remain calm under pressure & connect emotionally & physically to the spoken world. These activities act as a warm-up to train performers to get ready to unleash their imagination & performance.
A simple yet effective exercise to bring everyone's focus at the beginning of every session.
The group stands in a circle and is asked to call out one number at a time. Sounds easy? Well, if two players call out a number at the same time, the exercise is stopped and needs to start over.
A fun-filled, physical activity that helps performers to connect their emotions with their character. It easily creates a drama lesson plan that will inspire each performing arts student.
The group forms a circle and each player gets a chance to play an emotion by coming in the center. The group gives the chosen player a specific emotion, that needs to be played by saying the word 'Spaghetti'.
Emotion/character-traits are as such:
Excited-spaghetti, Intelligent spaghetti, rock star spaghetti, cool spaghetti
3. Wink Murder
This activity focuses on promoting concentration and group awareness of all the performers.
The group sits in a circle facing each other and a volunteer is asked to become a detective. This selected detective is then asked to step outside the circle. Meanwhile, the group chooses a murderer from the group that the detective is unaware of. The task for the murderer is to kill the other players (victims), while the detective finds who the villain is.
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