Acting helps develop a student’s empathy – the ability to understand how others feel. This happens as the student retains how the character thinks and acts. Once they have this skill they better understand that people are going through things on the inside that they can’t see. Acting can teach a student to challenge his or herself by figuring out resolutions to the conflict. As they act, the student learns about the conflicts of the character, or the inner turmoil that the character is having. When they show that turmoil the actor has to find a way to resolve the issue at hand, it helps students learn about their own body language and how it affects what is going on around them. It is as if they are creating a character when they act like someone they aren’t. When looking at these benefits, it seems there are only positive things that can come from participating in the Shakespeare Festival this year.
This year’s Shakespeare competition is only six weeks away and auditions are this week. The competition is based on three categories:
- Ensemble – a group of musicians, actors or dancers who perform together
- Monologues – a long speech by one actor in a play or movie, or as part of a theatrical or broadcast program.
- Scenes – a sequence of continuous action in a play, movie, opera, or book.
There are two different teams – the junior high team and high school team. All those who are trying out get a chance to head down to Cedar City and compete against other schools at the competition in October.
To audition, 7th- 12th graders must memorize a monologue to perform for Mrs. Holt and Maddie Beck, the teachers that are in charge of the Shakespeare competition this year.