Learning how to act, because in acting you will learn
It is known that acting is a task which requires confidence and a good memory capacity. Behind every theatre play there are a lot of hours of testing, so many people appreciate the hard work actors and actresses have to do at each performance. But, is this activity useful just to be shown on a stage? Could learning to act help us to be better in other subjects? And if it could, how would it? Today we invite you to discover it.
A little bit of history: The art of interpretation has been always an important fact in our history. The firsts plays of the western society were represented thousands years before Christ, in the tribes of cavemen where the great shaman used to invoke gods power through different types of rituals. In these rituals all members of the tribe danced around a bonfire wearing animal masks that gave them a role in the representation. Children used to learn their parents role in the way that they could play it in the future. And that was how they also learnt all the knowledge of the tribe. Nowadays theatre plays have changed, but the effect in their participants is the same.
How can interpretation help people to study ?
Cultural knowledge:Whenever someone has to play a role in a theatre play, he or she is able to get into the character, his lifestyle and his experience. And the actor or actress can learn about the play much more than reading the book, for example; learn how people used to live many years ago or even find himself in a historical event such as French Revolution. So at first sight we can say acting is a way of knowing our history, our culture.
Memorizing:But this activity is also practical in order to get better the abilities in other subjects. As people who act have to interpret a role and his or her way of thinking, they learn all the sentences the role would say. And they have to memorize them so then they can create a dialogue between each role. And many times dialogues are too long with a lot of huge sentences which are a really hard work to memorize. But they overcome it.
It is demonstrated that people who used to go to theatre classes or played a role in the theatre school when they were young are better in memorizing subjects such as biology or history. And they are accustomed to have a time for studying everyday,
Lack of shame:Another quality given to actors is the lack of shame. Of course, to put yourself in front of a big audience is something that scares many people, who are afraid of feeling embarrassed. But this do not happen to actors, who are able to solve the situation as they are supposed to. Perhaps because of the habit or just because they have never felt this fear. And that is a very important quality for students, who do not feel able to meet some exercises, like a presentation facing their class. Acting can help them to lose their fears and forget about this shame that do not let them express in public.
Good speech:Finally, one of the greatest characteristics of people who usually acts is the capacity of expressing themselves in a rich way. Memorizing many theatre plays improves, as it does reading books, persons speech, his way of speaking and also writing. And while many readers just get better their vocabulary, actors can even use expressions, gestures or movements in a clearer and more confident way.
This makes them more proficient each time they have to write a text comment or pass an oral test in the school. Even when they are looking for a job, in the interview it is an advantage to know how to express yourself correctly over other who do not know.
SO lets forget that acting is just for dreamers who dream to one day become a film star and start thinking about the possibility that this activity would be good for children to help them to improve their abilities in school studies, and their capacities in real life. As it does learning how to play an instrument, learning how to act helps us in our work and study world. And now we know how.
By Alejandro Martín Rodriguez (17)
(Student at CET Services)