I directed over 30 traditionally cast Broadway musicals and then I had kids. I wondered "where would I want to put my child in theatre (should they want to do this sort of thing) and then I began to see this from the parent's perspective. Now our rehearsals are shorter including dress rehearsals. If you have to miss a rehearsal you can come to any one of our classes all week long! And most importantly everyone gets a role to play. This is about the performer's development now and less about putting on a flawless show. The shows look fantastic by the way... but now everyone is in a substantial part of the show!
Kids learn more when they are having fun and your child can learn by leaps and bounds if given the opportunity. Theatre can build their self esteem, teach teamwork, and develop their creativity.
HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT
Our final showcase (for our MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE CLASS) looks a lot like a full blown theatrical production, but it is actually an end of class showcase... this is a class. Kids are taught what it means to act. They get singing lessons, acting improv games, and lots of theatrical dances to memorize. Everyone gets lines as I reassign lines in the script to make sure that every role is important.
EVERYONE SINGS AND DANCES IN EVERYONE'S SONGS. (Whether it makes sense or not.)
EVERYONE GETS LOTS OF ONSTAGE TIME !