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Benefits of children’s theater

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Students involved in drama performance coursework or experience outscored non-arts students on the 2005 SAT by an average of 65 points in the verbal component and 34 points in the math component.

Drama activities improve reading comprehension, verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

Drama helps to improve school attendance and reduce high school dropout rates.

High school students who are highly involved in drama demonstrate an elevated self-concept over those who are not involved.

Playwriting original works and dramatic presentation of existing works can help to build self-esteem and communication skills of high school students.

A series of studies on arts and education revealed a consistent causal link between performing texts in the classroom and the improvement of a variety of verbal skills, including especially significant increases in story recall and understanding of written material.

Drama activities can improve and help to maintain social and language skills of students with learning disabilities and remedial readers.

— Information taken from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education

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