Hello again, readers! Do you remember the magical moment of seeing live theatre for the very first time? I am a serious advocate of exposing young children to the arts because it is as important as breathing fresh air. A journalist named Phillip Pullman once said, “…if you deprive [kids] of art and music and story and theatre, they perish on the inside, and it doesn’t show.” I am so grateful to have been exposed to musical theatre at such a young age…and by TUTS!
I have shared my musical theatre history and involvement on my blog several times, but for my new readers, let me fill you in! In 1985, I was in the first grade about to experience my first field trip and my first ever live musical performance. Little did I know that a certain red head was about the change the course of my life forever. As you may have guessed, the musical we saw was Annie and it was produced, of course, by Theatre Under The Stars. Just like Billy Elliot sings, “electricity” sparked inside of me the moment the curtain went up and I knew I wanted to be a part of this for the rest of my life.
I’m happy to report that Theatre Under The Stars continues to bring musicals to young audiences through field trips and student matinees. There are many opportunities to expose school groups or students during the upcoming season for performances of Scrooge, Camelot and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr. Families are also encouraged to bring the wonder of musical theatre to their children with TUTS’ “Kids Night” performances. With every adult ticket purchased, a child under the age of 18 gets to attend the show for FREE! Kids can also participate in the pre-show activities that happen in the lobby of the theatre as well. This not only benefits your wallet, but also the perfect way to spend an evening with the family. Imagine the conversations you can have about the show on the car ride home!
I encourage us all to help keep the arts alive in our children by bringing them to more performances. You never know when the seed will be planted once again - just like it was for me during Annie in 1985.
Why do you think it is important for children to experience the arts? Should schools budget for arts education?
Until next time,