Drama, Singing and Performing Arts
Performing Arts helps children and young people to understand how to appraise situations, think outside the box and be more confident when faced with unfamiliar events. Children learn to trust their ideas and abilities and become more confident in putting their ideas forward and develop a sense of belief in their own abilities and unique talents. Confidence can be transferred into all areas of life and increases a sense of positivity and well-being.
Being creative, and learning to make creative choices, helps children to be better at thinking of new ideas, allowing them to view the world around them in new ways. Our workshops provide children with the opportunity to be creative, to think ‘outside the box’ and to celebrate fantasy and imagination.Through dance, drama, music and art, ideas are explored and improvised in order to create productions and performances for each other, small groups and wider audiences.
Theatre involves people collaborating. The quality of a performance is partly determined by how well people work together as a team. Combining the creative ideas and the abilities of all participants is required for the best outcomes. This needs all those taking part to engage in discussions, feedback, rehearsing, and the performance. Understanding characters, roles and the subtext of plays and musicals allows children to relate better to different situations, backgrounds, and cultures. It encourages them to show compassion, empathy and tolerance for others.
Playing, practising, and performing develops children and young peoples’ ability to be able to focus the mind, the body, and the voice. Rehearsing and performing lines and movements improves memory skills. Drama brings elements of play, humour, and laughter to those taking part – improving motivation and reducing stress. Performing, even the most passive performances, requires intensive movement over a prolonged period. Many performing arts exercises improve flexibility, coordination, balance, and control.
Drama, theatre and the performing arts improves verbal and nonverbal communication, benefiting children and young people throughout their lives. It improves vocal projection, articulation, tone of speech and expression. It also develops listening and observation skills. Acting and drama games allow children and young people to express a range of emotions and can encourage them to understand and deal with similar feelings they may be experiencing. Aggression and tension are released in a safe, controlled environment – often allowing for a period of reflection afterwards.
Reception, Years 1, 2
Years 3, 4, 5, 6
We encourage children to grow and develop, using drama and performance.
My daughter Bella attended Stars from the age of 5 to 11. She was a shy and quiet little soul who grew in confidence from attending the drama sessions, every child is valued and made to feel involved. She loved every minute of it and we got to watch some fantastic performances in local theatres! Would highly recommend.
Stars is a fantastic place for Meryn to play, act, make friends and grow in confidence. But more importantly have fun. We love watching their performances (including their rehearsing at home so we even learn the words!) Meryn said she loved splitting into groups and acting out little performances. She loves all the staff too and I, as a parent, love how every single child is included and given a shot at acting as little or as large a part as desired.