How To Get Your Child Into The Theatre

30th April 2013

How To Get Your Child Into The Theatre

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Does your child love to sing, dance or act? Maybe they love all three!

If your child aspires to a career in the theatre, or just loves to experience the joy of performing, here are the top tips from actress and choreographer Jayne Draper who teaches at the top London stage school the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

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Ten Top Tips For Getting Into The Theatre

  1. Attend ballet, dancing, singing or acting classes on a weekly basis at your local School, College, Dance School or Acting Schools and visit the theatre regularly to see productions.
  2. Audition and participate productions at your school or college or join the choir.
  3. If you want to go to a stage school or drama college, ask your parents to send for a variety of prospectuses and visit different ones to ensure that the course will match your needs, before you audition.
  4. You could attend a Summer School or Workshop at a Stage School where you will gain exposure to a variety of disciplines, be taught by professionals within the industry and have the chance to perform at the end.
  5. Always make a good first impression at an audition or in class. Be well prepared, enthusiastic and motivated. Ensure that you are well groomed and appropriately dressed.
  6. Demonstrate a good professional work ethic, show mutual respect for teachers and fellow students and always work to fulfil your potential.
  7. Work hard. Be focused, self-disciplined, driven, passionate, polite, committed and aspire to be the best you can be.
  8. Show your versatility; explore your self-expression and creativity. Be adaptable and accept constructive criticism.
  9. Practice in your own time to develop and perfect your technique to enhance your overall performance.
  10. Look after yourself – Healthy eating, drinking water and plenty of rest are all essential to sustain the necessary levels of energy and stamina required. Ensure that your mind and body are “warmed up” to prevent injury.

In this video, actors from the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts have teamed up with TalkTalk to celebrate some famous and much-loved scenes from the world of theatre, asking audiences across London what they wanted to see them perform.

This article was provided by TalkTalk who had just launched it’s on-demand Theatre Channel on YouView to make theatre productions more accessible to families throughout the UK. This service is no longer available.

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