Having self-confidence is not something that comes naturally to everyone. It can be even more challenging for children and young adults these days, especially in this social media era where digitally altered pictures can make anyone look like a model and everyone can pretend to life a dream life.
As parents and educators, we want our children to have the confidence needed to succeed in life. Real confidence, that is. We want them to be self-assured within themselves, develop genuine friendships, not be afraid to voice their thoughts and opinions and have the courage to achieve anything they want to accomplish.
One of the best ways to increase your child’s confidence across all aspects of their life is to involve them in youth community theatre, such as The Young Company (TYC) in Cairns, which is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. Acting, singing, dancing and learning all aspects of costume design, stage construction and sound and lighting production gives children and young adults a wealth of life-long skills and knowledge that are invaluable.
Acting is a great way for children to step outside of their comfort zone in a safe environment. While they may normally be shy to speak in front of a group of people, playing a character in a play allows them to “pretend” to be someone else, which breaks down their fear of speaking in front of large audiences and being judged by others.
It doesn’t matter if a child is acting, singing, dancing or working behind the scenes in a theatre production, children involved in theatre all have a common goal of achieving a successful result. And working together as group is one of the best ways for children to feel a great sense of accomplishment. That sense of pride and confidence is then carried into other areas of their lives.
Making new friends
Being part of a theatre group gives children the perfect opportunity to make new friends across different age groups with people who aren’t normally part of social circles. Being part of a production is a collaborative experience where everyone works together. It gives children a safe, fun and encouraging environment to try new things without being judged because everyone is working together for the same result.
Improves academic life
Research has shown that acting and being involved in theatre helps children improve their academic performances. They develop improved listening, reading, comprehension and social skills which are huge benefits in their school life.
Give your child a genuine and long-lasting confidence boost by enrolling them in The Young Company. Phone 4041 4066 for more details on how you can set your child on the path towards a successful and confident future.