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Why You Should Take a Drama Class Before You Graduate

Caleb Buford, Messenger Reporter & Business Manager

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A part of your educational path at McCracken County High School, you are required to take a fine arts class. That can range from choir, to dance, to art but, there is one specific fine arts class that takes the cake. Drama I was the fine arts credit that I took Freshman year and have been hooked ever since. But, I believe that you should try to get into a Drama class at some point in your high school career because of the benefits you can reap from it.

Drama helps students learn communication. One of the most basic concepts of drama is communication. In every scene and performance piece, you have to be able to communicate the ideas & points your character is trying to convey. Along with learning how to become a better communicator, Drama classes force you to be in front of a group of people, giving you the ability to become more comfortable speaking in front of a group of people.

Drama enables students to learn more about their emotions. Like stated before, Drama is all about communication, and one important factor of communication is emotion. Drama enables students to learn how we, as humans, react to certain situations and how we show those emotions. This allows students to grasp their emotions and give them the ability to control them more when in social situations as they have become closer with their emotions.

Drama class can help to form new, lasting friendships. Throughout the class, you and your peers will grow as communicators and actors as you learn to explore movement and your emotions. This “coming-of-age” with each other can form an attachment and aid in creating and nurturing new and creative friendships. I have friends from my Freshman year Drama 1 class I’m still in contact with because of the time we spent together working on scenes and bettering our skill sets.

Now, to be fair, Drama is easy, but it’s not. You have to be willing to put in the effort and work to be better at your craft. This isn’t something that you just walk in, get handed a worksheet and all of a sudden your better. No. Drama is a participatory class, and your effort will make a large difference in your grade. So, if you feel the need to become a better communicator, sign up for Drama 1 next year. You won’t regret it.

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