Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater in Middletown, a very unique place in the state of Connecticut, is kicking off it's spring session on April 1st which is full of opportunities for kids ages 3 to 18 to get creative.
"I’ve been particularly considering the way our society values creativity," says Executive Director Matt Pugliese. "It is very much in vogue in our current economic environment to talk about the new economy in our country, and the importance of innovation. Innovate is simply another word for create. So if we are going to prepare our young people to be innovative, we need to build their creativity."
Pugliese believes that practice is key. "It is an opportunity for a young person to have their creativity exercised. Just as students go to sports and music practices, creativity and imagination need to be exercised and pushed to the limit." Rehearsals provide children with important skills. "Students become quick thinkers, they improvise and they learn to work through scenarios in advance and feel prepared when something unexpected happens," he says. "This helps them learn to handle the anxiety that comes along with so many aspects of life, a school project, a business presentation, speaking in front of colleagues or sharing an original idea."
From West African folktales to considering Cinderella from a different cultural view, the spring season is sure to inspire kids.