While recently participating in a community theater production, I realized many benefits of performing in a production of this nature. Because the theater is not for profit, there are no monetary rewards, but the experience is more than worth the time that is required. Most productions done on this level do not require significant skill, only a commitment of your time, an open mind, and patience.
Reasons to Participate in Community Theater:
No matter where you work, or side projects you might be involved with, people who participate in theater network very well and seem to know everyone. Once you join a cast of a theater production, you have also just gained open ears and people that enjoy the company of others. From finding out about a job opening to meeting a group of new friends, networking with a tight knit group of people is always a good idea.
Even though you might not make the front page of the newspaper because of a superb performance, having random strangers compliment you on your performance can be very rewarding. Theater can also be rewarding as a resume’ builder, as it shows you can work with others.
Improve Your Public Speaking Skills
Public speaking is tough for a lot of people, performing in front of a lot of people isn’t any easier, but it may help with your public speaking skills in general. Practicing speaking in front of others makes you much more at ease even when in awkward situations. Public speaking can help you with your job, relationships, and more.
Open Up Opportunities
Many directors and producers seek local talent for their productions and short films. Your performance may help you land another role or audition to build on this experience.
Learn About Yourself
Acting in theater takes many skills that you may often overlook. Memorization, public speaking, projecting, showing emotions, comedic timing, teamwork, patience, and even athletic ability can all be skills exercised by a single theater production. At the end of a production you will learn how good you are at these skills and if you are cut out for theater, and if you even like it or not.
Getting to perform in front of an audience and work with new people can be a lot of fun for the right types of personalities. Some may find this task stressful and time consuming, but usually it is an experience people enjoy consuming themselves with, and often decide to do again, and again, and again.
Increase Community Social Equity
The arts help increase social equity in a community. Communities often attempt to build a strong following for the arts, which contributes to society. From a family being able to discuss the message contained within a play to a new couple getting to share a performance together, the theater truly has benefits on it’s surrounding community.