Part 6 of the 12 part series: Why Drama is so important in School. – TEAM BUILDING
Working together is so important in life, yet we don’t teach this skill anywhere in school. Sure, many kids get some of this piece from sports, but not every kid plays sports. Hence the reason we need more team building activities throughout our schools.
One of the beautiful aspects of performing a play is working together as a team. It’s not much different than a business. There are so many parts of the machine that makes a business work and flow: accounting, marketing, product development, sales, leadership, customer service, and so on. They are all uniquely different, yet all need to work together to keep the ship moving forward. A lot of coordination has to happen.
Drama is not much different; you have the cast, director, backstage team, lighting, costumes, set design, makeup, and so on. If any of these pieces do not work in sync with the others, the final product, the show, is negatively affected.
When I direct and coach kids about drama, I liken them putting on a performance to that of a start-up business: You have a leader with a vision and a small group of individuals who come together to make an incredible product and launch it to the public by a specific date. There are lots of long days, working in a group, and working on your own. Once you have completed and launched your product or performance, it ends with a GREAT sense of accomplishment as a team!
Team building is just another added benefit of why drama is so important in schools. Learning how to work together as individuals is a skill they will carry with them their entire lives.
To learn more all the positive aspects of drama in school, please see the article: Why Drama is so Important in School