How to Choose Theatre Classes for Your Kids

The Children’s Theatre of Western Springs has been helping kids have fun, learn lifelong skills and put on fantastic shows for over 70 years in our amazing TWS theatre building in Western Springs! They have put together this helpful guide to the benefits of theatre classes, what questions to ask, and what to look for when choosing where to enroll. This article is sponsored by the Children’s Theatre of Western Springs.

As you and your child navigate the maze of extra-curriculars out there, theatre is a fantastic option. Beyond being super fun, theatre helps kids develop many life skills that can help them succeed in the future.

Why Choose Theatre Classes?

Creativity and Building Confidence

Theatre is the single most valuable place where kids can explore the endless possibilities of their imaginations and what they can do. Performing arts teach children how to think creatively through imagination by developing new ideas, updating old ones and interpreting them into something new.

Learning lines, studying characters, practicing and performing all help to build character and confidence.

Students at The Children’s Theatre of Western Springs who are registered for classes are able to audition for CTWS productions. This upcoming year, CTWS will be putting on the musicals A Christmas Carol, The Wizard of Oz and the plays The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), 12 Angry Jurors and 101 Dalmatians.

Higher Academic Achievement

Historical studies suggest schoolchildren exposed to drama, music and dance are more proficient in reading, writing and math. Theatre improves memory (all those lines!), concentration and focus. Plays and musicals are also great exposure to literature and history.

Communication Skills

Theatre exposes young people to new vocabulary and ways of communicating. Through the arts of dance, acting, and music, children learn how to communicate in a variety of unique ways. Working with others increases both verbal and nonverbal communication. When working on a play or show, you learn to articulate and project your voice, as well as to listen and observe.

CTWS students learn and participate onstage and off. One show you may be working on lighting, and the next show you may be on stage. Theatre is a collaborative art, so your kids can learn to do it all! Seriously, CTWS students perform, build sets, focus lights, hang posters, design costumes and stage manage.

Did we mention fun?!

Theatre is serious fun, and theatre classes and shows are places where kids make friends for life. Theatre also teaches children how to appreciate people of all kinds and how to respect other points of view. Get your kid into the act and they’ll have a blast while building great life skills for now and the future.

Questions to Ask When Looking for Theatre Classes

Checklist! When considering where to go for classes in theatre arts, here are some important questions to ask:

  • What is the facility like?
  • Are there a variety of classes offered?
  • What is the experience of the teachers?
  • Are there additional fees for performing in a show?
  • Is there a performance or presentation at the end of classes?
  • How old are the other kids in the class?
  • What is the schedule like and is it flexible?
  • How long has the program been in business?

The Children’s Theatre of Western Springs — CTWS
Founded in 1946, the Children’s Theatre of Western Springs is a well-rounded program for young theatre artists. CTWS offers a variety of classes in the Fall and Spring for ages K-12 and a variety of summer camps. Course selections include acting, voice, movement, musical theatre, technical theatre, stage combat, makeup, production design, improv and much more. Students registered for CTWS classes are eligible to audition for CTWS productions. Classes are taught by skilled theatre professionals who are as talented in the classroom as they are on stage. In addition to learning about the performing arts, students are taught collaborative and critical thinking skills vital to success both in the theatre and beyond. CTWS offers sibling and multiple class discounts. Most classes culminate in a short performance or open class for parents to see the students’ skills and development in the last week of classes.

Children’s Theatre of Western Springs
4384 Hampton Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-4043

About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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