Is theatre important to you?

Hello there Happy

So, a friend of mine is doing her school graduation project on why theatre is important for schools and its students.
She wanted to get ideas and quotes from actual people who have been in theatre/drama classes or productions and I offered the idea of getting those quotes from people from different parts of the country and world, just to show exactly how far reaching theatre programs are and how important they are.

I was wondering if maybe anyone on here could share why theatre is important to them?

Thank you for your time Happy

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12 replies since 14th December 2010 • Last reply 14th December 2010

I have over 10 years experience in theater and used to run a Drama program for one of the public schools that I used to work at so I guess I would be good to answer this.

I think for me, seeing it from the view point of a teacher who is working with inner city kids it was important to start the drama program I started because the kids I was working with grew up so quickly and were dealing with so many adult situations that they shouldn't have had to deal with. Theater gave them a chance to play. I had to teach them how to play because none of them knew how to do it. And being a woman in her twenties teaching 13 year olds how to play, that is a real eye-opening experience.


I have a friend who is a professional stage actor and he is always telling me that the reason why he loves theater is because it is the last true magic we have left. I'm not sure I 100% agree with that but I see where he is coming from. There is real magic in theater that you don't get in most things.

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Hi Erica. Tomorrow night I am going to the Bradford Playhouse to see a steampunk show.....Mandrakes Magnificent Machine.

The playhouse is a small theatre that has had some now quite famous folk tread it's boards.

For me the theatre has been a place where I have done performances of my poetry and stand up routines.

It is a small community theatre that stages productions of local groups. Some are disabled, others are just finding their feet. It also has youth group theatre workshops and the kids love it.

Most stuff that kids like costs money...but the workshops are free there. It gives the kids confidence and communication skills as well as having fun dressing up.

I know the wardrobe mistress there so I get to play with fabrics and designing costumes.

I'm getting excited now about the show Happy

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ooh sounds like a good show

I love seeing plays

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ooh sorry, I forgot to say

that theatre is an important part of the cultural mosiac, there is nothing better to watch the interaction between two actors

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I don't only love theatre. But I help backstage with all the school productions so now I REALLY appreciate how much work goes in to build the set, do make up and hair, put together sound lighting and special effects etc. So much work goes into any play! It's crazy! Happy

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The show was absolutely hillarious. I haven't been out of the house for months....except for hospital and doctor appointments. We dressed up in our steampunk victoriana for the show and joined in the audience participation bits Happy

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I'm beyond a theatre geek, its more like my life.
I'm majoring in it, actually.
When I think about theatre, all of my senses come alive and my hearts starts beating fast and I get those infamous butterflies.
That's the best part about acting; the feeling of goosebumps.
Theatre, to me, is an amazing way to get to know people, to channel your raw emotions, and an excuse to be someone else.

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I took some drama courses in Uni to help me with my shyness , I have to say it was fun. I did start performing infront of people, mainly dance.

here is a question? would flash mobs be consideres new street theatre?

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Well I just started Theatre this year, but I have to say I adore it. I started it because I want to become a film director (though after joining Theatre I'm sort of debating between film and Theatre..both are beautiful in their own ways..)but being a director you should know how to act yourself before trying to tell someone else how to do it, etc.

With my amateur experiences in it I've felt the thrill of being on stage, and just commanding all attention to you..making those watching truly believe you as you say your lines, and you believing yourself in turn. It's really beautiful, just to have that much empathy in yourself to literally be able to become another..it's an experience that you can find in no other place, and I include film acting with that as you ARE the character for as long as you are on that stage when in film you can be them for 1 minute then not the next.

Anyway that's my input.(: Hope it's helpful.

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I went to plays at school when I was young,this cost a 25 cents,I would have give all I have to see some and now.
Wonderful New York, how I wish I lived there.

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A year or two ago I use to be overly shy and self conscious around other people. It may sound cliched but when I would perform on stage I would get a rush that I really enjoyed and that over time I overcame these issues by simply putting myself out there in productions and working through these obstacles.

Within school I found that I was able to get alot closer to many of my friends after hours of rehearsal.

The fact that theatre helped me form tighter friendships and overcome my self consciousness is why I essentialy see theatre as important to me.

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I recently started doing theatre at my school. I started out in a speech and debate type of program, where you had to perform something for a judge with expression. I did poetry. Before I did any theatre/speech, I was extremely shy. I never talked in class, and hardly ever outside of class. I didn't know a lot of people either. At my first tournament, I scored 4-95 in every round, AKA last. At my last tournament, I ended up with a 2-99 in a several of my rounds(second place). I gained a lot of confidence and I'm not as self-conscious anymore. I'm more willing to be wacky and crazy (and myself), and I know a lot more people now. My first musical was this past fall, and I loved it. I was a dancer for one of the scenes. There's something absolutely wonderful about being something you aren't onstage. I love the high I get from hearing the audience laugh, gasp, and applaud. I just love the stage, and theatre's a big part of who I am.

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