We’ve been been hard at work preparing for Summer Camp! For those of you who are still deciding which Specific Training Area to sign up for, we’d like to talk about one that we’re passionate about: Drama Class

Why are we so passionate about drama? We love it when kids build confidence, develop social skills, and work together. Drama Class helps them do all of these things.

Drama STA starts with our campers picking a play. Then, for 75 minutes a day, campers learn lines, work on stage presence, and design their costumes and sets. On Friday they perform for their peers, counsellors, and families.

The performances are always great, but they’re not the best part of Drama STA; the best part of Drama STA is all the hard work, cooperation, and growth that go into preparing for those performances.

A great article in Psychology Today explores the ways in which drama programs benefit kids. In the lead-up to a performance, kids learn to work cooperatively and build confidence:

“Producing a play involves a great deal of cooperation among people of diverse abilities, contributions, and roles, each essential to the ultimate public performance. …Participation in the whole of the theatrical production—the rehearsals, the set design and construction, the lighting, the music, the support crew—can…help youth overcome the feelings of alienation fostered by the impersonal emphasis on test scores”

– Peter Smagorinsky, PhD.

This is exactly what we see in our Drama STA every week. Our young actors set group-goals, work cooperatively, and support one another in the run-up to a performance. This process allows for all kinds of kids to express themselves and excel. It’s also a great opportunity to make new friends!

Down the road, skills that kids take away from drama programs will be useful in career settings—and we’re not talking about an acting career. As Dr. Smagorinsky notes, being able “to work in group settings” is a common quality “identified by business executives in defining a productive workforce.”

A study published in Developmental Science Journal suggests that drama also helps children develop emotional control. For the purpose of this study, emotional control is defined as a child’s ability to “calm their own distress in the face of others’ distress, and how often they report becoming overwhelmed by their own emotions.” As any parent or childcare worker can tell you, emotional control is something we have to exercise everyday—with family, friends, and coworkers.

Learning to work as a team, building confidence, making friends, and developing emotional control are all great things that kids take away from a good drama program. However, the true test of a good drama program is this: your child is having fun!

We’re can’t wait for Laval Summer Camp’s first Friday performance!

Hope to see you there!

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