Introducing children to the performing arts is a great way to teach them about music, dancing, and acting. However, many parents are worried about how their children will react and behave while attending a theatre production. Take a look at the following tips that can help you prepare your children for a trip to the theatre.
- Choose a Show Kids Will Enjoy
It is important to look through the different productions currently showing at your local theatre and choose one that your children will enjoy. Some shows are geared specifically toward kids and their parents, while other shows for a general audience can still be fun for children. Search for a show with a fun storyline, several musical pieces, and exciting costumes.
- Explain What the Theatre Is
Before you bring your children to the theatre, sit down and explain exactly what a theatre is. You can discuss the differences between seeing a live play and going to watch a movie at the cinema. Be sure to emphasize that at the theatre, the actors have to remain extremely focused on the show in order for the production to be a success.
- Discuss the Show You Will Be Seeing
Before going to see a performance, it can be helpful to discuss the plot of the play and explain the roles of the different characters before you actually go to the theatre. Your children will likely appreciate the guidance when they sit down to watch the play and may be less tempted to ask questions during the performance.
- Go Over Proper Theatre Etiquette
Provide your children with a number of rules that they should follow while at the theatre, such as no talking or eating candy during the play. Be sure to explain to your children that a potty break will be available halfway through the show, though they can ask quietly if they need to use the restroom during the play.
To learn more about Toronto Centre for the Arts performances, call us today at (416) 250-3724.