As a drama teacher of many years, I am always intrigued when people tell me their child is a Drama Queen and therefore should take acting lessons.
What is a Drama Queen? Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as: "a person given to often excessively emotional performances or reactions". It is a term that describes behaviour that is over the top. Very dramatic, bold, loud - but not always in a good way! A Drama Queen blows things out of proportion, making small things bigger and usually places themselves at the centre of the story. I'm not sure that that is a compliment!
Theatre and acting is a craft that has been around for centuries, every country has their own rich history of theatre and it has evolved a lot over time. More modern theatre is often based on realism, emulating real life, but of course it isn't the only style. Opera, Musical Theatre, Physical Theatre, Melodrama, Modernism, Naturalism, Classical, Commedia, Brechtian, Theatre of the Absurd.... the list goes on. It would literally take a lifetime to explore all elements of theatre, and to truly understand the craft itself. It engages an actors's body, face, mind, voice and requires a vast depth of understanding.
When a child is expressive and creative, as most young people are, it should be nurtured, encouraged and maintained. In an ever-changing world, we are subjecting our youth to conform earlier and earlier, and we are losing the ability to do the most basic and yet life-enriching human tasks - to tell stories.
Storytelling is at the heart of what we do at Wings2Fly Theatre. Stories are what creates society, what makes people feel like they belong and what gives us goals to achieve, or things to avoid. They entertain and they bring us together - there is nothing quite like a room full of people laughing together at a joke, or sucking in their breath as they hope the inevitable can be averted. United.
Please see our next blog where we break down what it is to be a Drama Kid. And trust us, it's nothing like being a Drama Queen!!