5 Ideas to Keep Your Students Engaged and Ensure that Your Next Production Runs Smoothly!

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School theatre production is an opportunity for students to showcase their talents and creativity, but it can be challenging, especially in a post-pandemic world, to keep them involved and motivated throughout the process. With this in mind, The Scene has together several ways to keep your students engaged and ensure that your next production runs smoothly.

  1. ENCOURAGE STUDENT INPUT: One of the most effective ways to keep students involved in a production is by encouraging them to express their ideas and opinions. This can be done through regular meetings or through open discussions during rehearsals. Allowing students to contribute to the production helps them feel valued and invested in the final outcome.
  2. FOSTER A SENSE OF COMMUNITY: Theatre production is a team effort, and it’s important to create a supportive and inclusive environment. Encourage students to work together, support each other, and celebrate each other’s successes and yes even their failures. This will help foster a sense of camaraderie and will make the experience more enjoyable for everyone involved.
  3. SET REALISTIC GOALS: It’s important to set realistic goals and expectations for the students involved in the production. This will help keep them motivated and focused on the task at hand. When students feel that their efforts are being recognized and that they are making progress towards their goals, they are more likely to stay involved and engaged in the process.
  4. PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEADERSHIP: Allowing students to take on leadership roles in the production can help keep them involved and motivated. Whether it’s running rehearsals, managing props, or coordinating lighting, giving students the opportunity to take charge will help them feel more invested in the outcome. Maybe go a step further and have a student or several students serve as Co-Producers for the production. Not only will this take work off your plate, but it will make your job a bit easier.
  5. REWARD AND RECOGNIZE ACHIEVEMENTS: Regularly recognizing and rewarding students for their achievements will help keep them motivated. Whether it’s through a special performance or simply acknowledging their hard work, it’s important to show appreciation for the effort that students put into the production.

In conclusion, getting students to stay involved in a school theatre production requires a combination of encouragement, community building, goal setting, leadership opportunities, and recognition. By following these steps, teachers and directors can help create a positive and supportive environment that will keep students engaged and motivated throughout the production process.

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