I can’t believe it’s November 1st already!
I have some exciting post planned for the month, as well as some updates on getting ready for the holidays with your students and staff. To start our month out, we’re welcoming a guest poster! Our guest today is Christine Kane from Internet Service Providers. She has an awesome Arts Integration idea that I think you’ll love! Read on for more…
One Act Play
Have you ever heard of one-act play? It’s exactly how it sounds, a play consisting of one act (you didn’t see that one coming, I know). But aside from being quite self-explanatory, it also is something that teaches students a lot of good personality traits and life lessons. To give the condensed version of what it is other than the obvious, one-act play competitions have a certain set of requirements. For instance, you have seven minutes to set up your stage and seven minutes to strike it. Moreover, they must not exceed forty minutes.
With more and more schools cutting the arts in favor of sports, I think we should take a look at just what we’re cutting out of students’ lives. Because I’m a sucker for good alliteration, we’ll look at five of the C’s associated with what you can learn through being a part of a one-act play:
Getting up on stage in front of hundreds of people is nerve-racking, to say the least, and definitely not for the faint of heart. Compound that with the fact that you have to remember your script lines, where you’re supposed to be standing, gestures you’re supposed to be making, which props you need to be utilizing, AND you have to be doing all of this flawlessly while keep a captive audience, and you start to realize that this whole experience isn’t exactly a walk in the park.
To be involved in one-act play you must have the ability to think outside of the box regularly. Because you only have a certain amount of time to perform the entire play, you have to be able to cut a script down to only what you need and still make it cohesive and presentable. You have to be willing to pitch new ideas and put a unique spin on things that have been done a thousand times. You also have to be able to breathe life into a script and a set that are just props and words without you. No pressure or anything.
Acting requires you to listen to feedback and take constructive criticism at face value without becoming upset. You must have thick skin and prepare yourself to listen to how you should improve. You have to learn to suck it up when people think you did poorly, even if you poured your heart and soul into something.
Something as specific as one-act play demands that you be able to act as a good leader in any given situation. It forces you to bring a level of maturity to the table that is not the norm for high school students. You have to show dedication and motivation to succeed.
Theater practice doesn’t end in your theater class. There are after school practices, long nights, and even weekends where you will be working on the script and the set. You will end up giving theater your sweat, blood and tears.
I can only assume that the reason that we’re so willing to cut the arts over sports is because people don’t realize just how much students can learn from theater. Those skills above do not confine themselves to the stage. Those defining characteristics, characteristics, many kids these days lack, transfer to other aspects of life.
This Guest post is by Christine Kane from internet service providers, she is a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects for different blogs. She can be reached via email at: Christi.Kane00 @ gmail.com
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.