I can teach craft. I can quiz and test on lighting instruments, the parts of the stage, the plot of a play, and the correct notes to sing. But I cannot teach an artist's soul how to yearn for magic, it just does.
Every day at work, I get to be a part of my student's journey to foster creativity and gain confidence, both on the stage and off of it.
I get to be a part of watching them learn how to persevere, how to problem solve, how to hold themselves accountable. I get to watch them learn to get used to the idea that when they engage in creating something collaboratively, that their actions affect other people. Being involved in the process of creating art has the potential to do more to prepare you for life than anything academic ever could.
Among the brilliance and flash, there exists in my students a covert and gentle dignity in each moment, and a desire to constantly get better. You can see it in their faces: a truth and concern for the moment, a genuine respect for the value of each moment in time.
Being involved in musical theatre productions and classes demands commitment and motivation. Musical theatre students learn to be adaptable and flexible. They learn to be willing to try new ideas, accept new challenges, and have the ability to adapt to constantly changing situations and conditions. Musical theatre students even learn to deal with dashed hopes and rejection. Who hasn't failed to get a role he or she really wanted or a coveted spot on a tech crew?
Thank you for supporting music and the arts, and doing your part to get my students the equipment they need!
A journey through the world of theatre inevitably involves learning to accept disappointment to a certain degree, but it shouldn't happen over things I can control. I have seen the look on my student's faces when a performance they have worked on for months is thwarted by a technical problem that can be fixed. We need Galaxy Audio's Shure CBL3-SHU cables which will be used to fix the distortion of our wireless microphone system!
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