Early Graduation? Would you let your child do it?

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Early Graduation? Would you let your child do it?
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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 6:31pm

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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 7:48pm
If she's taken everything a good university would require and there are no further AP courses to complete, I suspect she could graduate early and find something to do with her time. If she's a theatre major, why not look into some internships (they don't all have to be connected to a school.) I know almost all of our major regional houses offer such opportunities. I myself did this in high school. Some of the smaller professional houses hire teens as ensemble, assistant stage managers and backstage. It's not much money but it's experience. My own kids are in theatre and so we know many kids (including my own teen) that do this sort of thing.

She could also take a semester at a community college. If you don't want her to start her academics, she could at least take a couple courses in areas that she has interest... a theatre class, and art class, a language, ect.
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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 9:13pm

I'd encourage her to take classes that would complement the theatre focus.

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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 9:20pm
I can't imagine missing all the fun stuff of Senior year. If she was hellbent on leaving early, but I would take a bunch of fun courses. My dd has taken a bunch over the years so she had her cores and some fun classes too. Colleges like well rounded students. What about the local Jr College, could she take some classes there while still enrolled in HS?

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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 9:22pm

Thanks.

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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 9:32pm

UGH! I can't figure out how to reply to each person on here.

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Wed, 01-05-2011 - 10:21am
Is there any sort of business class? I highly reccomend anyone going into theatre take some business courses. You do end up marketing yourself as a product. It's good to know that end of it.

Honestly, her schedule doesn't look too off for a senior. In our area, there are only 6 periods a day unless you are at a magnet which has 7 but requires more classes in your "major."

Have you looked into theatre admin internships? Those would be during the day and she'd learn a whole lot about how a theatre is run.
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Wed, 01-05-2011 - 10:30am

Oh, I think I finally found the reply button (I don't think it came up

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Wed, 01-05-2011 - 12:41pm
LOL, I know, business isn't thrilling and I understand her not wanting to take it in high school but if she's serious about going into theatre, just let her know it's heavily reccomended by the actors/directors/designers we know... some of which with broadway credits. I used to be a professional stage manager and I do wish I'd had a better understanding of taxes, investing, marketing, ect. My DD goes to a performing arts high school and they require arts business classes now. It doesn't have to be this yearfor your DD but she'll need it at some point.

As to admin internships, I'd look into your larger regional theatres. Some may have an education department and they'd be a good start for information. You could look into interships with casting directors or agents. They may offer some day time hours and it would be great for her to see the process.

If she's going into theatre, the more she knows the more successful she'll be. It's not all about talent... some are successful because they know how to take care of their finances, know how to market themselves, know who and how to talk business with agents, managers, ect.
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Wed, 01-05-2011 - 1:23pm

Thanks,

I'll have to look into that.

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Wed, 01-05-2011 - 2:43pm
Crewing is great experience. Of course, I'm biased as it was my passion and my major lol. The nice thing about technical theatre is that you can always find work! I love that her youth theatre requires kids to crew every 3rd show. Some kids really fall in love with it and even those who don't are able to take what they learn backstage and use it to become better performers. Plus, if she changes her mind, tech work is easier to work onto a business resume.

I also know what you mean about someone else making the suggestions lol. My DD had her heart set on a handful of the most prestigious theate colleges that were WAY out of our price range. However, lately, she's been getting a lot of advice to go to a smaller school where you have more opportunity to actually DO something. Lots of kids in the bigger universities don't even step foot on stage until their junior year! She was able to work and talk to some of the kids who did "A Very Potter Musical" and they were a wealth of information on schooling choices..... of course, ALL stuff I'd already told her but didn't mean a thing until some 25-year-old said it lol.

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