Performing Arts Trips!
There’s a whole world out there with so much variety in the performing arts. For a student in the subject, a trip to experience how things are done outside of their immediate world is invaluable. New skills, new confidence and new ideas are all out there, waiting to be experienced.
Behind the scenes
Whatever discipline they’re learning, student educational tours are brilliant opportunities for someone studying the performing arts. There are, obviously, a huge variety of stage shows to take in, each demonstrating key techniques and the importance of individuals bringing something of themselves to parts. Beyond that though many tour operators offer the opportunity to go backstage, meet the performers, ask questions and see how things really work behind the scenes. Music students will appreciate watching a professional orchestra and equally trips backstage are of immense use.
Planning student educational tours in the performing arts is difficult only in narrowing down the field! You might find that dance, drama and vocal students would gain a lot from a visit to the West End to see a musical, but equally they can learn so much from a visit to Covent Garden or the Fringe festival in Edinburgh to see the street performances that make up such a large part of the culture there. Learning to work with an audience can be much more intense in these circumstances! Students interested in going into film media would find a visit to the BBC or Warner Bros. of immense use. And of course no performing arts student could resist the chance to visit The Globe in London to see, as closely as possible, how plays were performed in the time of Shakespeare, with all the disciplines that come together to make the performances so incredible.
New skills and old
Performing arts workshops can form part of the best trips. Interspersed with enjoying other people perform, they allow the students to put into practice some of the skills they’ve seen on the stage. Led by leading professionals in the field, these workshops might teach specific skills, or perhaps aspects of running things backstage. Learning how to market yourself as an artist and how to perfect your audition technique is of great value. Practical skills are taught to take back to the real world and help students to make the most of their creativity.
Perhaps as importantly though, educational trips help students to remember the bigger picture, the things they’re aiming for. Seeing a performance from the audience gives students fresh perspective on their own skills and possible careers.
Performing arts students are a particularly lucky group when it comes to field trips. Humans all over the world perform in so many different ways that it would be impossible to study them all, but it is great fun and extremely useful to see as many as possible. Taking in different performance types, styles and cultures and seeing other people using the skills of the trade is an important, fascinating, irreplaceable part of a performing arts student’s education.
Shirley Jones writes regularly about student educational tours for a variety of travel blogs and websites. She loves theatre and has a soft spot for musicals. In her spare time she reads and finds new shows to go and see!