Kids need a lot of things to thrive. They need affection and attention, so they know they are loved. They need a place to live that feels comfortable and safe. Kids need to spend time outside, enjoying and exploring nature. Proper education, quality healthcare, and a strong support system are necessities for each child. 

Parents will do anything to ensure their children have what they need and more. 

At Asheville Performing Arts Academy, each day we see just how much children need theater and the arts. Here are just a few of the reasons we are convinced that children need theater.

Seeing a show performed by kids and young people is exhilarating, especially for their parents, family members, and teachers. All of their hard work and effort are on full display during each performance, and you love to see their faces light up when they are rewarded with an engaged audience. 

There is much more work that goes into a show than what many may realize, but that is not lost on you if you are a director of children's theater. 

It is challenging enough to work with adults to make a story come to life, but children must learn the fundamentals before they can even rehearse. 

Parents have a lot of responsibility. They must teach their children the skills they need to survive and thrive. It is ultimately up to parents to make sure kids learn to read and write, while you also must reinforce the subjects they are learning in school. However, one thing you don't have to teach is imagination. 

Children are naturally curious and creative. All parents have to do is help make sure they are facilitating opportunities for imagination. A great way to help fuel imagination is by introducing them to theater. 

In this article, we are providing tips for how to kickstart your child's love for theater. 

Be careful what you wish for, as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch — in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.