How do you say to your child in the night?

Nothing’s all black, but then nothing’s all white

How do you say it will all be all right

When you know that it might not be true?

What do you do?


Careful the things you say

Children will listen

Careful the things you do

Children will see and learn

Children may not obey, but children will listen

Children will look to you for which way to turn

To learn what to be

Careful before you say “Listen to me”

Children will listen

Stephen Sondheim  – “Into the Woods”

Stephen Sondheim does not give many interviews. Why should he? Now 79, Stephen Sondheim long ago cemented his reputation as Broadway’s most esteemed living composer and lyricist, and one of the American musical theater’s greatest visionaries. From “West Side Story” to “A Little Night Music” to “Sweeney Todd” and on, the eight-time Tony Award honoree has redefined and expanded the sonic and dramatic vocabulary of the Broadway musical, busting genre boundaries and nearly erasing the border between “serious” modern music and show tunes. But musical has been done the most?  “Probably ‘Into the Woods,’ because it has no four-letter words, and kids in grammar school can relate to the fairy-tale theme.” 

Thus… today’s blog post takes his beautiful song “Children will Listen ” to heart .

Poor listening, or “noncompliance”, is one of the most common concerns expressed by parents of toddlers and school-aged children. Parents often comment that they need to repeat requests or raise their voice to gain their child’s attention. A few simple changes in the way parents manage their child’s behavior can make a big difference.  I say:  PARENTS —  

Children WILL LISTEN if they are exposed to more live art.  !

The extra financial pressures that the misnamed “No Child Left Behind” act put upon schools resulted in many schools cutting whatever funding they already had toward teaching the arts. With the increased focus on drilling students in the “three r’s: reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic,” children who might one year have gone on a field trip to, for example, a children’s theatrical production, now find themselves practicing test taking during this time. 

Art is something which enriches our culture and allows us to experience the world and different cultures within it. It is important, therefore, to teach our children about the importance of art for our culture and our world. It is never too early to get children excited about the world of art, for teaching those to have an appreciation for the arts at an early age will help them to stay in tune with their creative side throughout their entire lives.

OKAY…. first the facts

•          Art stimulates both sides of the brain.

•          33% of kids are visual learners.

•          There are studies that show that kids, who experience performing arts, read better and get better grades in science and mathematics.

•          The kids learn by using their senses and art is ideal in this process

•          Dance develops hand and eye coordination.

•          Dance stimulates perception.

•          Dance  teaches that there is more than one solution for a problem.

•          Dance reaches kids to think creatively to solve problems.

Greater Charleston is fortunate to boast a wide repertory of the performing arts and art organizations; however, not everybody has the opportunity nor the financial means to attend live theater performances.  Charleston Ballet Theatre recognizes the importance of instilling an appreciation of all styles of dance at an early age.  One memorable experience can create a lifetime of devotion to dance.  Storybook ballets presented on-stage provide the opportunity for classroom teachers to present literary works in a new way that literally brings the pages to life.  Charleston Ballet Theatre understands the importance of challenging young minds to be creative and explore worlds never before considered.  CBT strives to do this by providing live theatre to children in the Low country through the CBT Matinee Series.

Children benefit greatly from participating, even in small ways, in dance. They gain poise, self-confidence, and the ability to speak in front of others. They learn patience while they are waiting for their cue. They learn to be supportive when they have a small role, and they learn that they can’t do it all alone when they have a bigger role. They learn to work as a team, take turns, and cooperate.

Each performance in the Children’s Series simultaneously provides memorable and magical stories to children while presenting the various disciplines of dance –




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