stage performance is known to give butterflies in the stomach for even a
veteran actor. But surprisingly most the kids appear to be some genius that
they simply go out there have fun and leave the audience spellbound. Most of
the times it the confidence that matters and therefore it is important to
ensure that the confidence levels are high and this can be ensured through a
good audition. Audition involves a set or rules regarding decorum and they
simply need to be adhered to.
Here are a few tips
on how you can prepare your child for a splendid stage performance:
Give Due Importance
As said earlier, give due importance to auditions. They are
quite akin to job interviews where the real worth of the interviewee is
accessed. So the first lesson here â€“ teach the child on how he should behave. A
disciplined behavior will not only help the child
to understand what he is expected to do but follow cues and instructions
Child should know his
Make sure that the child is well versed with the play or
story that he is going to be a part of. Or if he is giving a solo performance,
be it a skit, a recitation, song or a dance,
it is important the kid is aware of what exactly he is here for. He should know
his part well.
Focus on Building
It is all about confidence. This confidence
comes from repeated practicing. Use the time between the moment you have
decided to make your child participate and the scheduled performance date. Get
the kid well acquainted with his part.
Make Rehearsals Fun
Your rehearsals will result what the child feels during the
final auditions. The rehearsals should be fun and exciting. Help the child
understand his part and give him time to adapt himself with the action or the
part he is playing.
Be supportive and encouraging while he practices. Every time
he falters do not make him feel that he has committed some mistake that he is
not allowed to. Your persistent encouragement will only boost his performance
and help him to perform better.
Practice with Props
When the kid reaches his final stages of rehearsals, make
him practice with props, music
and makeup. Bring in all the additions carefully and slowly. Make sure that the
child does not get overwhelmed.
This is to make the child accustomed to what he will be
doing onstage. The idea is to create an atmosphere that is similar to the one
that he would be finding on stage. Once he gets acquainted with these, in his
final audition and performance he will be casual with every thing that is
happening around him.
Maintain a cool attitude all the way through. Help the child
feel that this is just another activity which requires some special preparation
stages and it is fun all the same.
Teach Child to
Maintain Eye Contact
Teach the child the importance of maintaining eye contact.
For a successful stage performance, the actor or the performer needs to connect
with the audience. And this can be easily done by maintaining a direct eye
contact. Be a silent partner to your child and appreciate his attempt. Avoid
being overtly critical or vocal every time.
Finally, to ensure a smashing and knockout performance
ensure that the kidâ€™s energy levels are high. This can be maintained not by
making gulp down bottles of energy drinks but by allowing him to remain stress
free. Do not buoy him down by behaving as if a major event is coming up. Just
be casual and assure the child that he is here to have fun and be assuring with
your support. A smiling and relaxed child will enjoy the stage and might even
bowl you out with some incredible improvisations as well!