One of the greatest life changing experiences of all is when a child becomes involved in performing arts.
Performing arts from orchestras to theatre to dance can give a child many things that nothing else can do. One of the greatest gifts is for a child to find that they are worthwhile and valuable within a performing arts scenario. Many children can come into a theatre or dance experience feeling extremely shy and sometimes worthless. With the right kind of leadership, a child can learn that they not only have value but, most important, they are NEEDED.
Children can go from a shy awkward place to dynamic leadership in a very short amount of time. The theatre experience can be especially rewarding because the results are usually quicker than dance or music. Theatre is something that one can learn in a fairly short amount of time, while still growing and developing in acting. Music and dance, although extremely valuable, take a bit longer to have skill enough to allow the child to actually be useful.
In theatre, extremely shy children can become full of self-confidence, fairly quickly, and hone in on their abilities to lead or be responsible in various aspects of theatre. Children are also extremely flexible emotionally and once they trust, it is easy to have them mentor other children who were once as frightened and shy as they were when they started.
Children can also accept responsibility and can soon be leading in several areas. Kids make great assistant directors, dance captains, or even technical leaders or over props or costumes. Children can learn that everything is theatre pretty quickly, which helps them to present themselves, as well as others, in a good light.
Over all, there is nothing like the performing arts, and especially theatre, to help kids find out where their abilities lie and exactly who and what they are, personally.