When you are somewhere new you are understandably anxious – especially if you don’t know anyone. When I went to my secondary school, I chose one two bus rides from my home and aged 11 I didn’t know anyone. My heart was beating. We have all been in that situation. A new job is the same.
If you are new to Theatretrain it’s the same but you can be sure of welcome because our students know that new people bring a new energy to the party. They want to discover how they add on. It’s human nature anywhere to play the “I’m already here – you’re new” card but we expect our pupils to be generous and our teachers look out for it. Younger ones are given a buddy but everyone has been new somewhere and knows what it feels like. We know people come in all sorts of types. You can meet the snooty sort who won’t even look at you for two years but thankfully performing arts schools have very few of those types because you are all in it together. You just have to help each other and it’s not all about you. It’s a great leveller. You can be the best performer in the world but if you’re not gracious, generous and interested in others then you will be on your own. Great if you want to be a diva and stay in your caravan but not much good for everyone else.
So, the newcomer, if they are wise, avoids doing things that draw attention, they play low key and follow the others. At some point they will make an offer which could be as simple as “Hello, “and at that precise moment they discover everything they need to know. You can imagine how they would feel if that offer was meant with raised eyes. How lovely to be met with a friendly “Hi.”
Great friendships are built out of small openings as we know. At Theatretrain we know that making performances is a quick way to make good friends. You meet a lot of people and over a few weeks you share an experience that has feelings in it. You let your guard down and share. It’s special.
I love watching students as they come out of class. You see how fired up they are about what they were doing. Great teachers don’t pass time with you – they make a difference and give you something new to think about, they change you.
Life Skills at Theatretrain play an important part of process of becoming a young performer. These skills are also transferable to other areas of kids and teenagers’ lives.
Our International Award-Winning performing arts schools, teaching young people skills in singing, acting, and dancing can provide your child with a performing arts class that encourages teamwork, confidence, friendship, communication skills and so much more. If you would like to find out more about our weekend stage schools or your child has shown an interest in attending drama, dance and singing lessons then visit our website www.theatretrain.co.uk to book a trial session.