Theatre Fun for Preteens

If your child wants to take center stage, these tips will help.

If your tween has expressed an interest in plays or theatre production, there's plenty you can do to help him build his knowledge of what it takes to put on a show. Whether your child is interested in trying out for a play, or just in watching and enjoying a show, background information will help him enjoy the experience a little bit more. Below are ways you can encourage your tween to embrace the theater arts and be creative and inventive.

Theatre Fun for Preteens

See a Show: Perhaps the easiest way to get your tween excited about the theatre is to see a performance. Theatre tickets can be expensive if you choose to see a professional production, so you might do better to find tickets to a local theatre company show or even your local high school. Dinner theaters also offer a fun experience for theatre fans of any age. 

Global Experiences: Theatre experiences differ from country to country and it might be interesting for your tween to find out what performances are like in other countries. Spend time researching what productions might be like in counties like India, Russia, or even countries in South America or Africa. 

Write a Script: All plays start with a script and every writer knows how difficult it is to write a story from beginning to end. See if your tween can craft a script for his own play. His script can be a comedy or a tragedy, and the process will teach him about character development, mood setting, and how to keep an audience interested and engaged.

 

Have Fun with Wardrobes: If you have a bin of dress up clothes your tween can use them to create outfits for imaginary characters. Have your child invite friends over to produce a play and then outfit the characters with items you have from around the house. Break out make up, old Halloween costumes, and clothes you no longer wear to see what they can create together.

 

Develop a Character: Have your tween make up a character for a play and come up with a list of character traits. Is the character friendly, mean, or silly? Would he be popular at your child's school? How would his character behave in certain situations? Give your tween ideas on developing a character and then watch him have fun with it. 

Work on a Play: If your child's middle school puts on productions there's no better way to learn about theatre arts than to try out for a part or volunteer to work on a set or in production or lighting. Working on a play can be very time consuming but your tween will likely make good friends and learn a lot about how much work goes into the production and execution of a play. 

See a Play and a Movie: Your child may learn a bit about how stories are adapted to the stage by watching a movie and then seeing the same story presented as a play. The challenges and limitations of a live production can make theatre that much more interesting. See if you can find a local production of a story and then also see the film version of the same story.

Ask your tween about similarities and differences, and how each version made the most of the story.

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