ADVICE FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
Performing in a musical is an experience that young people will remember for the rest of their lives, and it is truly our pleasure to work with your child on this exciting project. We want everyone involved to understand both the benefits and responsibilities that go along with being in a musical, so we have detailed some of the basics here.
First off, there are a number of great benefits to being in a musical, including:
Active Participation in the Arts: Participating in the arts provides young people with a chance to explore their creativity and imagination in a structured and safe environment. Musical theatre is specifically remarkable because it is the only art form that combines all areas of the fine arts: acting, singing, dancing, and visual arts.
Improving Literacy Skills: From reading scripts to memorizing lines to learning to tell a story, young people continually improve their literacy skills while rehearsing and performing in a musical.
Becoming a Confident Public Speaker: It takes a lot of guts to stand up and sing or dance in front of your family, peers, and what may seem like the entire community. Experience with public speaking at a young age gives students confidence that will be important to them for the rest of their lives.
Gaining Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills: Putting on a musical is a group effort and every member of the team must work together to make it happen. Throughout the rehearsal process, the students will learn to solve challenges as they arise. Students will learn to trust and depend on themselves and their cast mates.
As with any group activity, every participant has responsibilities. Please look over the following items to make sure you and your child feel you can honour the commitment to being a part of a show on a Teenage Stage Summer School.
Attendance: Students are expected to attend all rehearsals they are called for unless prior approval has been given. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the show unless due to medical reasons or special circumstances.
Rehearsals: Rehearsals will typically last from 10am to 5pm each day and be held at our venue. Students should bring their scripts, a pencil, a snack, and wear appropriate shoes and clothes for movement. Also, please make sure you have arranged for your child or teenager to call during the evening after 6pm.
Homework: Students will have some homework for the show, including memorizing lines and songs, rehearsing their dances, researching their character, etc.
Attitude: The rehearsal room and theatre are safe spaces where young people can take positive risks and be themselves without the fear of being laughed at or alienated. This principle is essential to artistic growth and exploration. Participants are expected to respect these principles and are encouraged to remember it themselves when trying new things.
Volunteering: The most important thing you can do to help us with the musical is make sure your child commits to everything listed above. If they want to volunteer additional time, skills or resources to the production, simply drop us a note with your name, and we will do our best to facilitate. We are still in the process of compiling a list of everything that needs to be done, but don’t worry, when we have tasks that need to be done, we will let you know well in advance.
Finally, please remember that a musical is a living, breathing entity. Things don’t always go exactly as planned, so changes to the plan will most likely be made throughout the rehearsal process. We promise to give your child or teenager as much advance notice as possible on all changes that arise. That said, they are in excellent hands! with many of Ireland's leading theatre practitioners working with your children today.
“Miguel, Patricia and Borja really enjoyed the course and are back in Madrid still buzzing from this experience!, thank you and happy summer" Rosa De las Heras, Parent
"This summer school is creative, fun and exciting, Well thought-through, artistically, educationally and administratively as a joyful learning experience for teenagers! I wish you every possible success with it, as I'm sure it will be! Lucky participants, something to really enjoy and look back on with pleasure and a sense of real achievement"
Dr. Adrian James PhD
Head of Cert H.E. in Theatre Arts (Southend)
East 15 Acting School. University of Essex.
"Elena, 13, was the only Italian girl on Dublin's Teenage Stage 2017 and it was her very first experience abroad by herself.
She got to meet lovely new friends from Ireland and greatly enjoyed both rehearsals and free time.
The final show was just amazing and one cannot help wondering how those kids could prepare it in just one week.
It made us love Sweeney Todd, a musical that we had never properly appreciated."
Gianluca Di Lorenzo, Parent
“Aoife, Marion and I are so grateful for this unique opportunity you provided in putting together this programme and for the detail, attention and most importantly care you have shown Aoife throughout" John McDonagh, Parent, Galway
"Emily had a great time and couldn't stop talking about the camp, rehearsals and her friends. It was a big step sending her away and it was brilliant! We will be interested in next year so please keep us posted. We also enjoyed the show very much, it was great to see all the talents but most of all we are grateful that Emily was part of the group and felt included all the time" Izabela O'Brien, Parent
"Grainne had a brilliant time, made lots of friends and really enjoyed the course. It was very well run. Can you please put her name down for summer 2017 and let us know when application forms are out" Jeanette Kelly, Parent
"Congratulations on a fantastic summer school. My son Harvey had an amazing time and is already talking about coming back next year!" Claire Dolan, Parent
"Andrew made some great friends and talked non stop for the 2 1/2 hours of the car journey back to Dublin so thank you for an excellent course" Niall Murray, Parent
"Natasha had an excellent summer school, it's done her the world of good and the production was brilliant, especially impressive as you only had seven days with them, thank you" Annemarie Walker, Parent
"Thank you for the email and opportunity for early booking. Nyika was so enthusiastic last summer, she really wants to participate again this year. I have sent in the booking form for her. We were equally impressed with the whole organisation, supervision and support of the summer school and have no hesitation to recommend it to friends" Rita, Parent, Carlow
"Cameron really enjoyed the concept of putting on a show in a week and had never done anything like this before! He was thrilled by the experience so thank you to all the very professional and caring team" Iris Campbell, Belfast