What Warm Up Games to Play

What Warm Up Games to Play

I've had the privilege of teaching a wide range of age groups. I had two classes as my time as a teaching assistant beforehand, 4-6 year olds and 7-12 year olds, and I loved them all so much, they were such a lively bunch and always made my week so entertaining. It was usually my job to warm up my lil' tinkers, and depending on who was in my class, and how old they were, decided what game we'd play that day. Here is the mental list I had made in my time as a TA about all the warm-up games I'd played throughout the years.

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5 Things All Incoming Musical Theatre Freshmen Should Know

5 Things All Incoming Musical Theatre Freshmen Should Know

It’s the summer before you’re freshman year. High school is behind you and you’re ready to go headfirst in your first year as a BFA/BA Major. How can you know you’ll be prepared? Are you going to be ready for the things being a Musical Theatre Major will throw your way? I can’t claim to have all the answers, but here’s a few ways to prepare that I wish someone had told me before I started college.

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Sorry Theater Kids, It's Time to Start Working Out

Sorry Theater Kids, It's Time to Start Working Out

Theater kids have long lived under the assumption-- self-imposed or otherwise-- that physical strength, stamina, and coordination have nothing to do with being a performer, and that many people who identify as performers simply don’t have those skills. I don’t think it will come as a surprise to many of you when I tell you that this assumption is simply not true.

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College for Performing Arts: Do's, Don'ts & Some Food For Thought

College for Performing Arts: Do's, Don'ts & Some Food For Thought

Conservatory, or liberal arts school?  What aspects of a program should I look at? Should I pick up a minor or double major, or put everything into my performing arts major? For students considering pursuing an education in performing arts, particularly musical theatre, these questions are among the many flying around as they consider different schools and prepare to audition and/or choose where to spend the next few years of their lives.

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The Value of Empathetic Thinking: How We Can Use Theatrical Practices to Create a Kinder Generation

The Value of Empathetic Thinking: How We Can Use Theatrical Practices to Create a Kinder Generation

Emotional intelligence and empathy are just as essential to living a healthy, meaningful, and successful life as critical thinking is. If we want to impart these skills onto a new generation of students, we would be wise to use the foundations of theater as our first step.

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10 Things I Would Tell Myself as a Freshman Musical Theatre Major

10 Things I Would Tell Myself as a Freshman Musical Theatre Major

Coming into college, I saw several articles of what freshmen should know, but being a freshman in a musical theatre program is its own battle. Thankfully I had several people step in as mentors to guide me along the way, but still, there are some lessons I had to learn on my own

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Why Theatre Camp is Perfect for Kids Who Don’t Know What to Do This Summer

Why Theatre Camp is Perfect for Kids Who Don’t Know What to Do This Summer

Theatre camp will create more empathetic, creative, and outgoing children, not just more actors. If you don’t know what your child should do this summer, have them try theatre camp. Even if they don’t leave with a new passion for the performing arts, they’ll leave a more well-rounded human being.

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Sometimes Everyone Gets a Role

Sometimes Everyone Gets a Role

So, sometimes, I cast all the children. I cast them all because it took guts to show up. It took guts to sing, dance, read, or act in front of their teenage peers. They auditioned looking for fun. They auditioned looking for a place to belong. They wanted a family, and we have the best one. Theatre is the best family I’ve ever had.

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The “Dream School” Myth

The “Dream School” Myth

As a Junior/Senior in high school, I remember being told the “one” would, “just feel right,” and it would be the school I could “see myself thriving.” Now, these statements aren’t entirely incorrect; however, they set me up to expect this magical feeling when I stepped foot on the campus where I should spend four years of my life. 

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