The PLACES PLEASE! Story
I've been a drama teacher for nearly 25 years, and I'm passionate about how participating in theatre can benefit and transform kids. So many kids struggle with self-confidence, and many can't seem to find their place in school or friend groups.
PLACES, PLEASE! got its start a few years ago when I was directing a production of "Mary Poppins" and had an overwhelming sense of gratitude for getting to share theatre with kids. It made me think of kids who didn't get to have this life-changing experience.
Theatre is a place where anyone can belong. It's a place to build communication skills, self-confidence, and focus. A place to learn how to make creative choices, develop imagination, and express emotion. Theatre is a place to meet new friends and build relationships based on respect and working together.
PLACES, PLEASE! is a way of exposing kids to the theatre who may not have this opportunity in their school. It's a way that homeschool families can bring the arts into their education program. It's a way for serious theatre kids to build their skills at home, so when they go to an audition at a local theatre company, they will have the edge over other actors.
My hope is to build a nationwide group of PLACES, PLEASE! Players who understand the value of hard work and fun can display empathy and compassion to others and who have found their place on stage and in life.
To learn more about the benefits of theatre for kids go to "Why Theatre?"