Youth theater provides new experiences for kids

The cast of The School of Rock, Jr. during a rehearsal. (Photo by 8-18 Media)

By Anna Martinson,  Anna Rayhorn, with contributions by Bria Larson, Ava Larson, Sophia Portale,  Anja McBride,  and Heath Teichman.

Children can be afraid of trying new things: a new class, a new sport or a new instrument. Sometimes even trying out for a role in a production put on by Marquette’s Superior Arts Youth Theater might seem pretty scary. First, there are the auditions, followed by rehearsals and then the actual performance—it can all seem pretty overwhelming, but what kids should know is that youth theater provides a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new songs and gain self-confidence. Superior Arts Youth Theater offers all of these things and more to local youth who chose to participate in this theater program.

Jalina McClain, managing director of SAYT since July 2016, believes involvement in youth theater provides many benefits.

“Youth theater benefits our kids and our youth in the community by allowing them performance opportunities, technical opportunities, to be creative. It helps them with public speaking. It’s a lot easier to get up on stage and pretend you are someone else than it is to give a speech in front of people, but the more you are up on stage pretending you are someone else…

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