Heading to the theatre is much more than just a fun activity to spend a Friday night with. It can be extremely nourishing for your children, especially if they see a great and well curated show. While it’s sad that this form of entertainment and art is less frequented than movies are, it remains something that is almost always extremely enjoyable no matter who you are. There are so many shows tailored for show many people designed by so many theatre practitioners, but some of the modern and most celebrated efforts are truly amazing to consider.
It might be that you see Wicked, the hit musical this summer, or perhaps Hamilton depending on the age of your children. But why should you absolutely prioritise this above all other entertainment activities? Well, consider how your children might benefit:
Many experiences are sold as ‘visceral,’ but it’s quite another thing to see that in reality. Most shows have extreme emphasis put on the spectacle and the beauty of the choreography. Sharing this space is something you can absolutely adore, because it challenges you and rewards you in equal measure. Your children will likely feel transfixed as they experience a story they usually do not see, in a novel environment, presented with it face to face. These sort of life experiences are remembered much more easily than a simple cinema trip.
The theatre teaches otherwise withdrawn children that it’s fine to express yourself, no matter how you choose to do it. Singing, dancing, acting and generally presenting all you can is a phenomenal means of helping your child realise that actually, doing so is not an ‘embarrassing,’ or ‘weird’ thing to do, that many very accomplished, beautiful and insanely talented working actors have the skillset to transfer their talents to a craft they really care about, and hope to convey a story to the audience with a real sense of physical presence.
It’s not uncommon for the theatre to help a child take more of a natural interest in the arts, as now they know that it’s perfectly fine to express yourself without the trappings of hollywood or without being animated as a Disney princess. Put simply, this is a human, raw and beautiful means of a child understanding the value of expression in all forms.
The theatre is an amazing experience when it comes to bonding with your family, because it is an engaging one. Theatre goers have a larger sense of community with the shows they attend, because they are often encouraged to respond, to laugh loudly, and to communicate to one another about the experience so far in the interlude. Not only that, but the memorable nature of this can have your family remembering and discussing certain interesting or funny moments long after the curtains close. You never know, you may begin to enjoy crafting your own funny and silly theatre experiences with your children for long afterwards.
With these simple insights, there is really no reason why you shouldn’t give the theatre a go with your children. They will thank you for it later.