Do you ever make believe you are somebody else? Lots of people do! Performing in theater is a great way for you to continue pretending. We can learn a lot about different cultures and countries by putting on plays. Practicing your lines with friends helps your memory. You might also learn new vocabulary. If you need to speak lines, dance or sing on stage, you really have to pay attention!
˙to make believe 假冒
˙ to put on a play 表演戏剧
Pretending can be a lot of fun, but it can also help you learn. When we act as another character, we need to think about that character’s life. What would they do to solve their problem? Is it the same as what you would do? This takes a lot of imagination and critical thinking. Both of these skills help you be more creative. Creativity is an important skill to learn!
Putting on a play takes a lot of teamwork. You need to practice or rehearse your lines with the other actors. Everyone needs to work together to put on a good show. Theater can teach us how to listen and communicate better. That can help you make new friends. If you are a shy person, it can help you feel more comfortable talking to new people.
Every good story has a problem to solve. The characters in the story need to learn and grow so they can get to a happy ending. When you put yourself in someone else’s shoes, or in the role of a character, you need to think like someone else. How would they feel? Would you feel the same way? This helps you understand the people around you better.
˙critical thinking 思辨手段
˙in someone else’s shoes 站在他人的态度
Your school may have a theater class or club for you to join.
If your school doesn’t have a theater class, look around for a summer camp that has an acting program.
There might be a space in your community or city. For example, in Taipei there’s a place called the Red Room. Every weekend, adults and children get together to perform.
Maybe you aren’t ready to get on stage just yet. That’s okay! You can still have a lot of fun and learn just by watching plays. The next time you go to a show, think about the story. Try to predict what will happen next. Also, pay attention to the lights, sounds and music. These are other jobs in theater that are very important. If being in the spotlight makes you nervous, maybe you could work backstage.
「The show must go on!」 无论怎样，戏都要接连演上去
Life is full of problems and difficulties, but we can’t just give up. This phrase means that we should keep trying, even if something isn’t perfect.
人生充塞艰苦与崎岖，但我们不能抛却。“The show must go on.”这句话的意思是：做任何事都应一直考试测验，纵然这事未如人意。
「steal the spotlight」 抢尽锋头
We use spotlights on stage to light an important character. In real life when someone 「steals the spotlight,」 they’re trying to get all the attention.
舞台下，聚光灯打在紧张的角色身下。在真实糊口中，一个人私家要是“steal the spotlight”，那么他或她便是在抢尽锋头，吸引世人的仔细。