At mainstages, the following educational principles drive our work:
We transport kids to different worlds to unleash creative potential. We covet the imagination, using the stage to enable children to grow and explore parts of themselves they never thought possible. Our curriculum incorporates a full education of the five senses as a means to give children the time, tools, and lessons to travel the full realm of their imagination.
Children are often encouraged to think inside the box. They are wired to follow the leader and are often told to follow social norms when discovering what to be in the world. The truth is that everyone is different. We accept and embraces this difference, challenging children to avoid generalizations, exceed expectations, and to lead others. Recognizing control of the voice, body, and personality are key tools in developing a character and helping children thrive on the qualities that make them unique.
We offer a place to challenge fears, providing opportunities for children to stand up in front of an audience and step outside of their comfort zones. Whether performing a monologue or singing a duet, we aim to provide more chances for children to push the envelope of which they think they are capable. By allowing more opportunities to shine, children expand their willingness to take risks and grow as individuals, increasing confidence.
We ensure that children are focusing on the bigger picture, strengthening communication and teamwork. No theatrical production is possible without the collaboration and joint vision of a community working towards the same goal. We emphasize the importance of the ensemble, using the stage as an outlet for partnership and cooperation. This lesson can be applied in any setting, where creating a welcoming, warm environment requires the hands of many.