Dramatic Arts have always been a source of imagination and creativity, requiring self-knowledge and the development of teamwork skills, but they are also a way to improve reading and comprehension skills. The theatre is the best known of these arts, but they also include dance and music (musicals, concerts or recitals, etc), amongst other performance and sketch samples.
How to focus the work?
- In the first place a story is selected, as is the type of spectacle. At this point the decision-making is key: both must be appealing and appropriate for the age group involved, and for the abilities of the actors. Here are some ideas.
- The work can focus on rote learning and the translation to the stage of a text of an author, or on the creation and translation of a new or adapted text. In this last case, time to create the dramatized script must be taken into account:
- Provide a pretext or beginning so that, between everyone and in the form of debate, the story that they will later write can begin to take form.
- Give each of them a different sentence for them to write a monologue, which the mediator will later interrelate.
- Select a popular story and rewrite it in a different physical and temporal space.
- Recreate a musical narrative (song, poem) or in images (static- album, book, illustration, comic; or in movement –videoclip, trailer, film), there are many options.
- The reading of the script and rehearsals must be accompanied by other activities of corporal expression, work with voices, informal chats about elements of theatre and, above all else, with proposals that contribute to the expertise and cohesion of the group of children or young people participating: group dynamics.
- Finally, a work calendar must be elaborated to choose a date for the final performance. This is especially important when working with children and young adults, and it helps to maintain them motivated and committed to the project.
Ideas that help reach success
Always measure your strength to avoid frustrating experiences! If an opportunity comes up, count on the collaboration of a professional of dramatic arts who can visit and talk to the participants about his experience, and the project they are undertaking; get him to give advice.
If it is possible, set out the work on a stage, the experience will aid in every sense, especially when the day of the final performance arrives.
As far as possible, count on the opinions and suggestions of the participants. The more they can make it theirs, the more motivated they will become.
Dramatic arts contribute to a child’s development, but they are also a positive way to use free time and a source of cultural treasures.