Letter: Give children the gift of live theater
We were delighted that our daughter, Christine, was chosen for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at DreamWrights, our local family theatre. When Christine found out what role she was assigned, her first reaction was excitement accompanied with shock that she was given a role of a girl who smokes, curses, and bullies. Her exact words were, "Mom, this girl is everything you taught me not to be!" I was taken aback by her comment, but soon realized that she needed my support and permission to be free and pretend in the safest and most creative way possible, though play acting.
I knew that she would be surrounded by an impressive and experienced group of teachers and mentors to guide and encourage her to tap into parts of herself that we tend to suppress and forget. DreamWrights provides kids and adults alike the opportunity to explore parts of themselves that can sometimes otherwise be acted in unhealthy or destructive ways.
Through her experiences at DreamWrights, my daughter has grown greatly in assuming different levels of responsibility and confidence. I have witnessed Christine learn the skill of prioritizing and organizing her responsibilities so that she can be prepared for school before she goes to rehearsals. If anything, it has created balance in her life. Her most popular comment has been, “I can't wait to go to DreamWrights, so that I can relax."
This holiday, give your children the gift of live theatre. Encourage them to get involved at DreamWrights either on stage or backstage. Your children will find a safe and supportive place to explore themselves as they grow into young adults, just as my daughter has been able to do. You will enjoy watching your children grow in ways you never imagined. I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
Rosa Luz Catterall