I am a firm believer that our kids need to be physically fit. We see a generation of children spending much of their time in front of a computer, video game or texting, and not really getting proper exercise. That is why it is important to provide physical education along with the encouragement of extracurriculars.
Unfortunately, some communities put such an emphasis on sports that we forget the development of the arts. The fine arts create in an individual confidence to speak and to make his presence known. These learned abilities serve one throughout a lifetime. There are some people who understand how the arts can enrich everyone’s life and are willing to formulate and provide community theater.
The struggle to get to fit in in a community so steeped in the sports tradition can be overwhelming. One of the benefits of community theater is an opportunity to work with established people and to learn. When a small town’s philosophy of limiting theater to just locals, there is little to no interest shown from those in the area. Limiting participation limits growth.
There are lots of opportunities to support sports, but let’s not do it to the exclusion of the arts. These entities can co-exist making any community well rounded and a pleasant place to live and raise children. Performing to a packed house and receiving a standing ovation can be as exhilarating as scoring the winning touchdown.