I’m sure most kids go through a phase of wanting to “be a famous singer” or “be on television” at some point. Those kids who take it to the next level and actually get involved in theatre realize very quickly that it’s a long, challenging journey to “the top,” and they’ll be taking on a variety of roles along the way, from the dancing tree to the star of the show! Luckily, theatre kids have their families to support them — and parents new to the theatre world are surprised to find out that it’s not just their kid taking on different roles!
If you have a kid involved in theatre, you either have played or can look forward to playing any or all of the following roles:
- BANK — if the company costs money to join, and when you buy tickets to the show and/or show merchandise
- COACH — helping with audition preparation and line memorizing
- SHRINK — helping analyze characters and/or consoling when your child doesn’t get cast in the role they wanted (or doesn’t get cast at all)
- DRILL SERGEANT — if you have to make your child practice at home or learn lines
- CHEERLEADER — being in the front row of all their shows, with all your extended family
- TAXI DRIVER — hauling your kids back and forth to rehearsals
- VOLUNTEER / “VOLUNTOLD” — you may get recruited into helping with sets, props, costumes, hair and makeup…
- SHIELD — holding up a coat for your bashful child to change costumes behind
- INTERPRETER — explaining the weird noises and howling coming from your kid’s bedroom (“They’re practicing for their show…”)
- PERSONAL SHOPPER — buying rehearsal blacks and dance shoes (generally more than once, seeing as those darn kids won’t stop growing!)
- RESEARCHER — helping find monologues and songs for auditions; learning about the new hot shows on Broadway
- CHEF / BAKER — inevitably you’ll have to contribute some sort of goody for a cast party; if you don’t cook, see “Personal Shopper” above
- PUBLICIST — putting up your child’s show poster at your place of business; keeping the family informed of your kid’s next show and possibly even buying all the tickets for everyone
- ARCHIVIST — keeping a scrapbook or memento box of all your child’s posters, playbills and other theatre paraphernalia
Theatre parents, chime in — what roles have you played in your child’s theatre career?
Share your suggestions in the comments!
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