Youth Performers Enjoy More Than Spotlight


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Behold the Tiny Tims, sugarplum fairies, angels and shepherds on stages across the Triangle this month. The holiday season is a prime opportunity for youth performers to share their skills, enthusiasm and, in many cases, extraordinary talent with the world. But just as the majority of youth athletes will never snag multimillion-dollar pro sports contracts, neither will most youth performers go on to Hollywood or Broadway.

That doesn’t make their experiences — or those of students who participate in public speaking programs such as speech and debate — any less valuable. Indeed, educators in the fields of performing arts and public speaking say these disciplines confer a host of benefits on children and teens. These advantages go beyond the increase in confidence and maturity that many parents and educators observe of children who sing, play an instrument, act, dance or speak before an audience.

If you’re wondering whether to sign up your child for music lessons, or encourage her to take a theater elective in middle or high school, consider the other advantages of participating in performing arts and public speaking activities.

Experiencing Intellectual Stimulation

When Judy Dove was teaching drama at Leroy Martin Gifted and Talented Magnet Middle School in Raleigh during her 19 years there, she says she always got a kick out of hearing how well her students did on pretests in their language arts and social studies classes. She wasn’t necessarily surprised, she says, because she picked plays and musicals that related to the subjects and time periods students were studying in their core classes.

Even when arts electives aren’t integrated with the core curriculum, students can reap intellectual benefits. “Research is also part of the performing arts,” says Dove, who is now an advisory board member and office administrator for North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, and secretary of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Theatre Conference. “While they’re learning their parts, kids are also learning about the time period (of the play or show), the history surrounding it, and new vocabulary words and how to pronounce them.”

Theater, in particular, also offers tweens and teens opportunities to enhance their writing skills. Many school-based theater programs produce original plays or musicals written entirely by students. Dove recalls a year when her students wrote and performed a musical called “Caught in the Middle,” which focused on the lives of middle-schoolers during the Civil War. They did everything themselves, from research and scriptwriting to picking out the music: Jay Ungar’s “Ashokan Farewell,” which Ken Burns used as the theme song of his 1990 historical documentary series on PBS, “The Civil War.”

“They took ownership of the process,” Dove says, noting that the production earned a “superior” rating at that year’s North Carolina Theatre Conference competition.

The intellectual benefits of taking speech or debate classes, or of being on speech and debate teams, are perhaps more obvious. Even if a kid never grows up to give a TED Talk or spar with a fellow political candidate on stage, learning how to research and analyze a topic as part of crafting an argument or delivering a persuasive or entertaining talk will bear fruit for years to come, say speech and debate educators.

“Being on the team is revolutionary for them academically,” says Jeff Welty, head coach of Durham Academy’s high school speech and debate team. “For sure, one of the best things team members learn is to skeptically consider arguments — identifying biases, separating the wheat from the chaff.”

Durham Academy’s speech and debate team, which consists of about 50 members, meets twice a week to practice, and most of the team’s focus is getting ready for the next competition. Students choose events they want to participate in, such as podium speaking, interpretive speech, and individual or team debate.

“The time commitment is worth the payout,” Welty says, adding that many team members go on to pursue college-level speech and debate competition, and more than a few parlay their skills into careers in public service or law. A former speech and debate team member himself, Welty is a lawyer who, when not coaching debate, teaches government at the University of North Carolina School of Government in Chapel Hill and directs the North Carolina Judicial College there.

Identifying Reliable Sources

One reason English teacher Jennifer Bennett agreed to become the coach of Raleigh-based Sanderson High School’s speech and debate team is because she was dismayed by the lows to which public discourse sank during the 2016 presidential election.

Bennett encourages student debaters to be careful when researching a topic. Not only do they need to know both sides of an argument, she says, they must also use credible sources. “Otherwise, the other team will call you on the carpet,” she says.

Student debaters have an advantage over other students whose research isn’t frequently being put on the spot.

“Getting used to evaluating sources is especially important in this day and age, when kids don’t seem to have the persistence to find the best sources,” Bennett says.

Building Leadership Skills

Luke Ramee may only be 11 years old, but he’s already mentoring kids as young as 6 as a veteran member of the Raleigh Boychoir, which is open to boys in grades 1-12. Luke, a sixth-grader at Cary Academy, enjoys helping younger chorus members feel more at home.

Modeling good manners during snack time — a longtime fixture of the choir’s weekly practices — is just one way Luke is developing good leadership skills, says his mother, Heather Ramee. Luke adds that being on his best behavior while touring with the choir is also an opportunity to set a good example for younger boys.



Photo courtesy of the Raleigh Boychoir


For college-bound high-schoolers, participating in extracurricular arts- or speech-related activities for several years, especially if they serve in a leadership role, also looks good on a college application to admissions officers who prefer depth over breadth. So a student who served as an officer for her school marching band for three or four years might be more appealing on paper than an applicant who tried a little of this and that.

Feeling a Sense of Belonging

Then there’s the camaraderie, which both Luke and his mom appreciate. “One of the best benefits is making a whole lot of new friends,” Luke says of his experience with the Raleigh Boychoir.

Just as being on a sports team or in a social fraternity instills a sense of belonging, so, too does participating in an extracurricular performing arts or speech program.

Dove says watching the way some students turned their lives around by “finding their tribe” was perhaps the most rewarding part of teaching theatre for her. She remembers one young man who was on the verge of quitting school, so she encouraged him to enroll in her technical theater class, which focused on the backstage aspects of a production.

“He said, ‘Mrs. Dove, I used to think I was the kid who couldn’t do anything, but in the theater, there’s a place for everyone,’” she recalls.


Suzanne Wood is Raleigh-based writer and mother of three.

 

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Cost: See website for fees

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Reynolds Theater, Duke University
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View map »


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More information

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Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Cary Ballet students presents the holiday story of Clara, her heroic nutcracker, the evil Mouse Queen and all of Clara’s colorful friends. The Raleigh Boychoir's Resident...

Cost: $21-$25

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-200-3939
Contact Name: Michelle Gisondi
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Explore the historic nature of Leigh Farm Park with a friendly guide. Venture inside the historic farmhouse while being captivated by tales about life at Leigh Farm throughout the years.

Cost: Free

Where:
Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Durham Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 919-560-1116
Contact Name: Natalya Buckel
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Enjoy a family-friendly holiday gospel tradition. The show, created by Langston Hughes, features soaring singers, inspirational dancers and the heartwarming and humorous procession of...

Cost: $26/adult, $22/student

Where:
Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University
Raleigh, NC


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​Sibshops give brothers and sisters of kids with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting to explore their feelings in creative, light...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hargraves Community Center
216 N. Roberson St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Adapted Recreation & Inclusion program: Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 919 968-2813
Contact Name: Marian Kaslovsky
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Join Jen Bluestone and Brad Ellsworth, of Druminyasa, for a special holiday edition of family yoga and a family-friendly holiday drumming circle. Ages 5 and older.

Cost: $30 for two family members, $10 each additional member

Where:
Little Guru Kids Yoga and Creative Arts
215 Glenwood Ave., Ste. A
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Little Guru Kids Yoga
Telephone: 919-345-5873
Contact Name: Jen Bluestone
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Discover what's happening in the forest as the sun sets, and listen to stories and enjoy s'mores around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Barriskill Dance Theatre School present its annual production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Reynolds Theater, Duke University
125 Science Dr.
Durham, NC  27708
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Enjoy a build-your-own taco bar catered by NanaTaco, latkes, dreidels, games and crafts, and a concert by Jerusalem-based band Nava Tehila, which will perform original and...

Cost: $7-$12. Free for ages 4 and younger

Where:
Judea Reform Congregation
1933 W. Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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The Johnston County Chorale and special guests perform a blend of secular and sacred Christmas favorites. 

Cost: $15/person

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. 2nd St.
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: Johnston County Chorale
Telephone: 919 801-6448
Contact Name: Amy Rowe
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Come experience O'Henry's classic Christmas tale “The Gift of the Magi." Be transported back to the Roaring '20s in...

Cost: $25

Where:
Sonorous Road Theatre
3801 Hillsborough St, Suite 113,
Raleigh, NC   27607
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Cary Ballet students presents the holiday story of Clara, her heroic nutcracker, the evil Mouse Queen and all of Clara’s colorful friends. The Raleigh Boychoir's Resident...

Cost: $21-$25

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-200-3939
Contact Name: Michelle Gisondi
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Join Burning Coal Theatre Company as it presents a stage production based on the children's novel by JM Barrie. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $25/adult, $15/student

Where:
Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-834-4001
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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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Enjoy a family-friendly holiday gospel tradition. The show, created by Langston Hughes, features soaring singers, inspirational dancers and the heartwarming and humorous procession of...

Cost: $26/adult, $22/student

Where:
Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University
Raleigh, NC


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The ArtsCenter’s annual Songs from the Circle shows are a celebration of the best in classic American Folk and Bluegrass. The Circle cast has added a second program to celebrate the...

Cost: $25/person

Where:
The ArtsCenter
300-G E. Main St.
Carrboro, NC  NC
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Telephone: 919-929-2787
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