Like, for instance, deciding to audition for Gilbert & Sullivan's comedic opera Pirates of Penzance?
Hello, trouble. (Oh yes I did.)
And much to my amazement, I was cast in the supporting lead role of Samuel. The show will run for four weeks this November at The Broadway Theatre in Pitman, New Jersey.
For those keeping score at home, this means my recent return to the stage has gone from being a harassing corporate executive who ogles secretaries in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to playing a drunken-yet-noble pirate lieutenant in Pirates of Penzance.
The scorecard reads Typecasting: 2; Talent: 0.
But I am far from the biggest star in my household. Earlier this summer, my 15-year-old daughter performed in Les Miserables at The MainStage Center for the Arts and this Labor Day weekend both my daughter and my 13-year-old son (who moonlights as my marketing director -- see the May 20, 2014 post below) have leading roles in The Drowsy Chaperone at The Broadway Theatre. You think your teenagers create drama? Imagine a family of teenagers constantly onstage, attempting to perfect the very art of drama, and then traipsing home to practice their craft on everyone around them. (Pray for me.)
The benefits of involvement in theater, however, far outweigh the manufactured angst at home. Numerous studies have shown that children involved in performing arts have higher reading comprehension and communication skills than non-participants. Involvement in dramatic productions has also been shown to significantly improve students' self-esteem and public speaking skills, the benefits of which go far beyond the confines of the stage. Perhaps most surprisingly, participating in theater has a dramatic (pardon the pun) effect on students' academic achievement. The College Entrance Examination Board has reported that students involved in theater on average score 65.5 points higher on the verbal component of the SAT and 35.5 points higher on the math component. See id.
Want to help your kids get into college? Encourage them to become involved with theater.
Just keep them in your own house. There's already more than enough drama in mine.
And I couldn't be more proud...