Drama camp is an excellent place for kids to feel more confident. At our Overland Park Summer Drama Camps, kids act, sing, dance, and express themselves in new and exciting ways. Here are the five things kids learn at drama camp.
1.Improved control over their voice, body and emotions
Students in drama camps learn how to control all the aspects of how they communicate with others. Through vocal exercises, they discover how to regulate volume, intensity, projection, and expressions through their voice. They transform their bodies into superheroes, animals, objects, and magical creatures in movement games. This frees up their range of movement, allowing them to tell a story with their physical choices in a much more dynamic way.
They become more adept at tapping into their emotional life through drama games and the roles they will perform in their plays. They learn to inhabit many emotional states in one scene, from happy to surprised to scared. This gives them greater control of both how they feel and how they share those feelings with others.
2.How to move around a stage
When actors jump up on a stage, they pretend to be in another time and place. Drama transports us to mystical lands that we can only imagine, and an actor in a play takes us on that journey.
In our Summer Drama Camps near Overland Park, performers learn how to move around the stage. They learn to time their entrances properly and exits to increase the dramatic effect.
They master the art of talking to other actors on stage while allowing the audience to see and hear them. They become skilled at moving in such a way that looks natural yet is very carefully choreographed. Through this disciplined routine, actors learn how to choose movements that help tell a story to an audience.
3.What it takes to create a character
In an acting class for kids, actors play characters in a fictionalized story. When an actor picks up a script, they get their first glimpse into the character they will create.
Taking a role from page to stage is not a simple task, but drama classes teach children the path to do so in a way that is accessible. They learn to spot clues about the character, such as their physical or vocal qualities. Some roles are loud and brash; other parts are quiet and timid. A character might move quickly in one scene and be lethargic in the next. They will work with their drama teacher to discover how their role fits the story.
4.How to actively listen to others
Acting is not all about talking. Listening plays a significant role. When an actor is in a play, they have to actively listen to others. They must pay attention to what the director is saying so they know what to do next in a rehearsal. They have to stay tuned to the other performers on stage so they can say their lines at the correct time.
Active listening is most important to help tell the emotional journey of a story. When actors listen and react in real time, they are alive on stage. That sort of spontaneity is what engages an audience and makes a shared theatrical experience so unique.
5.How to keep going when things don’t go as planned
On stage and in life, things often go wrong. Props go missing; we bump into the furniture on the set, and something falls over. In our Summer Drama Camps near Overland Park, we teach our students that the show must go on, no matter what.
An actor learns not to react negatively when something unexpected happens during a play. Instead, they practice rolling with the circumstances and responding to them in real time. This gives them the confidence to continue, no matter what happens.
We hope to see your student at our Summer Drama Camp this year. There are so many fun things we can all learn together! All of our week-long camps are still open. Register at www.Dramakc.com.