Taking the Stage: How Kids Can Gain Life Skills from Theater
The theater may be a place where art imitates life, but for kids, it can be a place where art teaches life.
From just plain having fun to learning skills they will use well into adulthood, children can benefit from theater in numerous ways, local experts agree.
“Theater matters more today than ever because connection is key to life, and theater connects actors to each other, performers to audience and art to life,” says Melissa Diller, director of Maumelle-based Drama Kids of Little Rock. “Theater is about helping the kid in the back of the classroom have the confidence to ask a question so that they have the courage to share their brilliant ideas in the board room one day.”
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Angela Rogers Group) — Cirque du Soleil’s newest show TORUK – The First Flight soars into Little Rock on Tuesday, February 16 and at the top of their to-do list; contribute to Melissa Diller’s acting class at the Maumelle Library.
“The opportunity for the children to meet professional performers is an experience they will treasure,” Diller said. “It’s very exciting.”
TORUK – The First Flight is a live immersive multimedia spectacle, inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR. A mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film, this one-of-a-kind show premiered in Montreal, Canada on December 21, 2015 and is scheduled to perform at Verizon ArenaFebruary 19-21. For a full list of show times and to purchase tickets, visit www.cirquedusoleil/toruk, any Ticketmaster outlet or the Verizon Arena Box Office Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., or by calling 501-975-9000.
Arriving in Little Rock a few days before opening night, a couple of the show’s artists will take advantage of the opportunity to surprise students in Melissa Diller’s acting class.
Diller’s six-week acting class at the Maumelle Library began January 5 and ends on February 16. The free program is offered from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday for registered students in grades 5 thru 8.
Diller, who is set to take over Drama Kids in Arkansas this Fall, will have activities set up for her students to show the TORUK – The First Flight Cirque performers things they learned, as well as a Q&A with the performers.
“It would be beneficial to the children for the performers to share their path to joining Cirque du Soleil, a day-in-the-life of performing, showcase their expertise, and participate in a warm-up activity with us,” Diller said.
The wrap party on February 16 begins at 6 p.m. at the Maumelle Library located at 10 Lake Pointe Drive in Maumelle and ends at 7:30 p.m. Members of the media are invited to attend.