Two out of three kids entering primary school today will work in jobs that haven’t been invented yet. How are we to prepare our kids for a future that we can’t predict? Protecting and cultivating their creativity is a great place to start. Creative thinkers are effective problem solvers, they see multiple solutions to any given challenge, difficulties become puzzles that can be solved rather than insurmountable roadblocks that mar our kids in indecision or inaction. Creative thinkers are agile, adaptive and tend to be confident, enthusiastic and joyful.
Countries would do well to stop putting creative arts at the bottom of their priorities and recognizing the powerful learning that happens within these incredible opportunities.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I love Sir Ken Robinson. SKR is responsible for the most watched TED Talk in the world titled,
‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’
Ken discusses how in almost every country in the world there is a hierarchy of subjects; math comes first, followed by science, language, humanities and arts at the very bottom. He further explains that there is also a hierarchy within the arts; music and art are always rated higher than drama and dance.
How did we get so confused? One only needs to stop and reflect for a minute to realize that the learning available through a strong drama program is profound, influential, relevant and insulated from automation. Putting on a play is project-based-experiential-learning at its best.
What are some of the skills one can cultivate when working on a play?
- Profit and Loss
- Time management
- Receiving positive and critical feedback
- Set creation
- Applied math
Producing a play is a rich, difficult, challenging, scary and awesome experience. The disciplines I have listed just scratch the surface of what our kids can learn through the process of putting on a production. These applied skills benefit every child who is lucky enough to learn them. Unfortunately many theater programs are under threat of extinction due to lack of funding.
We are gifted in our community with dedicated passionate people like Shannon Hinkle who runs the theater program at the Effingham High School. Shannon manages to keep the show going with a talented team of dedicated volunteers, donations, ticket sales and sheer force of will. Ticket sales and donations are their only source of revenue to cover expenses, your support is appreciated by this hardworking group.
Shannon kindly invited the Buckeye Friends School students to audition for their spring production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We had many excited learners and 5 of our Buckeye students, including Camden, auditioned and joined the cast working on and acting in the show.
The cast, crew and dedicated group of volunteers are hard at work creating this production with a shoestring budget. We hope you will join us in supporting their efforts by purchasing tickets and/or making a donation to their program. The team has successfully moved ticket sales on-line and the process is both safe and easy.
Team firefly is excited to welcome families coming in for dinner on their way to the theater.
You can purchase tickets and make a donation together through this
Thank you Shannon, volunteers and kids for putting in the work to make this rich learning experience possible. We can't wait to see the show!