Our goal in teaching drama classes for kids is not to turn out the next Broadway star. Our goal is to empower kids to trust in their voices. We want them to be more confident when they have to give a presentation or raise their hand in class to ask a question.

We are so pleased to hear that one of our students took what she learned in drama and rocked out a school project!

“Dear Mr Miles,

I wanted to send a huge thank you! Harper presented a habitat project Friday to parents and family touring her classroom. When anyone walked near her table, she was very outgoing, saying, “Welcome to the Arctic Ocean. We have many facts to share with you. She was able to answer all of the questions confidently. A few parents even said that the drama lessons are paying off. My parents mentioned theater, too!

The teacher said that after the class had set up their presentations and before the parents walked through, the class had some extra time. All of the other kids played, and Harper asked her to rehearse. We appreciate all you do, and I know her confidence was due to theater!

Thanks!  Jen Minor”

A study published in the Journal of Education and Practice 2017 found that kids’ drama classes show many benefits in the classroom.

*Improved basic learning skills

*Better concentration

*Advanced preparation for homework

*A higher level of active listening

*Superior note-taking skills than their classmates

*Developed a more positive attitude toward lessons

*Increased achievement in all other classes

The researchers noted that acting classes for kids help to “concentrate attention for presentations and helps students move away from the monotony” and that “drama in education is a fun method, but it also increases the interest and desire of the student. In this respect, it is a method that supports any lesson.”

Top researcher Raul Karapınarli heralded drama as a place where:

“One can discover the unfamiliar aspects of their own and express their inner world. Through drama, the student begins to define the world and explore interests, fears, and thoughts. Drama explores and uses emotions, imagination, voice, body, and social skills. The individual is aware of their thoughts thanks to the drama method. It is important that a person can understand and analyze themselves and know their own world. Individuals who are aware of their own emotions will be able to demonstrate a determined personality in all areas of life.” (Karapınarlı, 2007, Mugla University).

At our Spring Break and Summer Drama Camps for kids in Overland Park, we want to support every child’s educational journey. We hope that by learning the discipline of how to create and perform on the stage, they can continue to use those skills in every aspect of their lives. We want them to be more self-assured when standing in front of a crowd, whether on a stage or in a classroom. In Harper’s case, she had to engage with adults as they walked past her booth, informing them all about what she learned about the Arctic. Harper has gotten over any shyness she might have had!

We congratulate Harper and look forward to her continued success. Join Harper and the rest of our multi-talented performers at our Spring Break and Summer Drama Camps for kids.

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