The Ordinary Homeschooler
Mary Hood, Ph.D.
What My Kids and I Have
Learned Through Drama
My children and I have all participated in drama ctivities throughout our lives. There are many lessons we have encountered along the
way! Following are some of the things
we have learned.
1. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
When I was in sixth grade, I tried out for
the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. I
wound up as a munchkin instead. I had a
moment of feeling like a failure, followed
by many hours of enjoyment as a result of
being part of a larger group.
2. Failure is a part of life. My daughter, Ginny, was in a professional theatre
troupe one summer. The leaders all assured her she would be welcomed back
the next year. Unfortunately, she had a
bad cold at tryouts and didn’t make the
cut the following year. After a week or so
of crying, she picked herself up and volunteered to be an usher and had a great
time watching the performances and going to the cast parties.
3. We learned how to be part of a team.
Just like in sports, all participants in a
group theatre experience have to do their
own job to the best of their ability, with-
out jealousy or resentment. My son, Sam,
really wanted to have a large singing part
in Fiddler on the Roof one summer but
wound up being the fiddler instead. His
role was just as critical to the success
of the show as the singing and dancing
roles, and he was recognized as an im-
portant part of the cast.
Sometimes the most
difficult things you
have to do are the most
time to try out for an actual role in the
performance, but I had so much fun
backstage that I learned all the songs
and dialogue. Thirty years later, I still
sometimes find myself humming songs
from that production.
5. There are all kinds of different people
in the world! Sometimes homeschoolers
are criticized for sheltering their children
too much. When they are very young, I
believe that is a proper thing for moms
and dads to do. However, as they get a
little older, it is much better to expose
our children to the larger world a little at
a time, while they are still living at home,
so we can discuss their experiences when
the family is together at the supper table.
Working in community theatre certainly
accomplished this goal!