What’s not to love about musical theater?

No, seriously. There’s a LOT to love.

Theater (with or without song) provides an uncountable multitude of benefits for everyone involved. It encourages self-confidence by providing a safe creative outlet for expression, particularly to introverts like me. It teaches people how to collaborate and engage in problem solving techniques. Theater enables everyone involved to explore and understand relationships between people and how society works. Through theater, we can learn about history and train the brain in language and reasoning, and studies have shown that participation in theater helps to increase test scores in multiple subject areas! Acting can be very physically demanding, and so rehearsals and performances usually end up providing a good workout. And, of course, it’s fun!

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you don’t like being on stage, you can work behind the scenes. There are various technical crews (lighting, sound, stage design, etc.) who all have to work in sync to present the audience with the magic – or the harsh reality – of the story being told. There really is something for everyone. When actors and tech crews come together to present a show for an audience, there’s an energy that’s almost indescribable.

Since 2004, I’ve been a part of almost 30 productions (mostly community theater) and I have loved absolutely every single minute of each production. I’ve played a nun, a Baker’s Wife, a Narrator, a Church Basement Lady, and more. (If you’re curious what all of that means, stop by my room and ask me!) By pretending to be someone else, I’ve actually learned quite a bit about myself. Most especially, though, I have made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.  

I could go on for a lot longer about theater, but rather than read what I have to say, why not check it out for yourself? Maybe you’ll find something to love!