March is known less for bringing spring than it is for its 'madness' over basketball. It's a season when we come together to cheer on students for their efforts outside the classroom. Now there's another way to recognize another group of students for similar achievements. March is Theatre in Our Schools Month and, just like basketball and other sports, putting on a play requires collaboration and communication. It teaches teamwork, and builds team spirit. It creates learning experiences that benefit the student for the rest of that person's life. Putting on a play creates opportunities for students to take initiative, demonstrate leadership, and more.
After her first experience at the recent international Junior Thespian Festival for middle-schoolers, a first year drama teacher was inspired to share about her own experiences, and what she was witnessing now with her students.
She wrote, “When I was 14, I played Anne Frank. When I performed it, I was noticed for the first time. The confidence I gained made a difference then and it’s still making a difference now for me, and for my students. Through theatre in my school I see ‘invisible kids,’ who can’t do sports, finally being noticed by their peers, by their teachers, and sometimes, by their families.”
So this March, go to a game and cheer the team, and go to a school play and applaud the actors. Share your school theatre thoughts with #TIOS19 and #TheatreInOurSchools.