It would be impossible to make it to 10 years in a program like this without the help of strong, intelligent, flexible, amazing parents of students in our programs!
We asked some of these wonderful parents of students in the E.D.G.E. Youth Program to share with us the advice they would give to others that are just starting with us.
Check back each week as we add a new installment of: Advice from E.D.G.E. Parents!
Alice Hallowed (Alice has been an E.D.G.E. parent since 2013, and has 3 of her 4 kids in our programs (Johnny, Thomas, and Tabby!)
-email Alex (firstname.lastname@example.org) with money and ticketing questions, and Rick (email@example.com) for day-of concerns for Classes
-better to drop off early than late, but not before 9:45am!
-tickets will sell out so get them when they come out
-tech week and performance schedule may change; read your emails!
-parents will be responsible for some costume pieces
-even if a kid gets a small part there will still be lots to do and much fun to be had
–if you aren’t getting emails once a week or so email Orion (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Alex (email@example.com) asap.
Kathy Escamilla-Zielinski (Kathy’s son Sean has been taking classes with E.D.G.E. since 2014, and performed in over 14 shows in that time!)
- If you have a question or concern, email the directors! They are amazing at returning messages and it will save everyone confusion down the line.
- Set aside time every day for the first 2-3 weeks of class to run lines with them (don’t just tell the kids to “go practice” their lines).
- Encourage kids to memorize chunks of dialogue and not trying to finish the entire scene at one time. Once they’ve memorized one small section, move on to the next section. Once that is memorized, have them practice putting the sections together. Repeat for the rest of the lines.
- Ask the kids to tell you about their character. Why do they act the way they do? How does their character move the story forward? Acting is not just about reciting words on a page – if the kids can think about the character’s motivation within the story, it will help them become a better actor on stage.
- Once they begin to memorize their lines, make their practice fun by challenging them to say their lines in different ways – place accents on different words to change meaning, have them try saying their lines using different voices, or try speed reading through the script to see where there might be hiccups.
- Don’t forget to practice cues with your kids! Once the kids are on their way to memorizing their lines, quiz them by reading the previous character’s line to see if they can remember which line they’re supposed to say.
DeLynn Zielinski (catch DeLynn’s children Isa and Owen in Lion King, and Owen in Monsters Mice and Machines!)
-Take time and enjoy the moments small and large.
-Listen to your child’s wants and needs. Don’t push your own ideas upon them.
-Be flexible and patient.
-It’s even more fun to watch when you know more than your own kid, encourage friends to join in.
-When your kids are at E.D.G.E. know they are receiving great mentorship and love from the directors.
-Friends will be made through E.D.G.E.