3 Reasons To Support Your Local Theatre

3 Reasons To Support Your Local Theatre

It's more than just seeing a funny play.
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Picture this: it’s a Friday night. You and your friends are free, and you’re looking for something to do. Scouring through Facebook, you see that there’s a production of the musical "Anything Goes" playing at a nearby theatre. Now, you live in a small town, so this wouldn’t be like one of those fancy Broadway shows or local tours you’d see in a larger city. You think for a moment. It sounds like it could be fun, but you aren’t sure if you want to go. Maybe you don’t know a lot about musicals, or you don’t know anyone in the cast, but something is saying that you might be better off finding something else to do.

Thankfully for you, I have come up with a few reasons why you should ignore the voice in your head and go see the show!

1. You’re fueling the dreams of aspiring thespians.

As someone who’s (I’m assuming) up to date on pop culture, you probably know who Lin-Manuel Miranda and/or Idina Menzel are. This is probably the case if you pay attention to Disney movies. Try and think about where they came from, though. They didn’t just become successful overnight for working with Disney. They spent years working with smaller theatre productions before they became well known for their Broadway accolades, and later their roles with Disney. Like the actors or directors behind the small town show you’re thinking of seeing, they had a dream that they worked hard for and strived to achieve. Go see that local production, and you might see a future Broadway (or Disney) star before your very eyes!

2. Theatres are full of culture!

In my small community, there are three major venues that promote theatre, with a few smaller stages scattered throughout the county. Many of them have been around for years, and as a result are full of history that has always amazed me. Even the groups that put on the productions themselves show a bit of history by showing posters from former productions in the lobby or (in the case of many high school drama groups) having alumni to the program come back and help with the current show.

If the history of the area itself doesn’t entice you, think about the shows themselves! Many of them are historical and will teach you something about a certain time period. Others talk about current events and will give you an insight about issues that are commonly faced today, such as mental health. It’s perfect if you’re a history and culture nerd like me!

3. You’re giving back to the community.

As someone who has spent most of her life in a small town, I know how important it is to make this last point. The money you spend on tickets doesn’t just get thrown to some charity, it often goes into the funding for future productions. Your contribution could potentially go towards the funding for a set for a bigger show, or for puppets for a kid’s show. Filling those seats is important in order to keep the theatre scene thriving in smaller communities!

Now, let’s go back to my scenario from the beginning. You’re contemplating whether or not to see "Anything Goes" tonight, but something’s telling you no. Now, however, you’re armed with the information I have given you, and you have good reason to call your friends and ask them to tag along. Do you ignore the voice in your head, or do you listen to it and do something that’s not quite as exciting?

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7 Reasons Why Literature Is So Important

"Literature Is One Of The Most Interesting And Significant Expressions Of Humanity." -P. T. Barnum
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Today, there are too many people who believe that literature is simply not important or underestimate its abilities to stand the test of time and give us great knowledge. There is a stigma in society that implies one who is more inclined toward science and math will somehow be more successful in life, and that one who is more passionate toward literature and other art forms will be destined to a life of low-paying jobs and unsatisfying careers. Somewhere along the line, the world has come to think that literature is insignificant. To me, however, literature serves as a gateway to learning of the past and expanding my knowledge and understanding of the world. Here are just a few reasons why literature is important.

1. Expanding horizons

First and foremost, literature opens our eyes and makes us see more than just what the front door shows. It helps us realize the wide world outside, surrounding us. With this, we begin to learn, ask questions, and build our intuitions and instincts. We expand our minds.

2. Building critical thinking skills

Many of us learn what critical thinking is in our language arts classes. When we read, we learn to look between the lines. We are taught to find symbols, make connections, find themes, learn about characters. Reading expands these skills, and we begin to look at a sentence with a larger sense of detail and depth and realize the importance of hidden meanings so that we may come to a conclusion.

3. A leap into the past

History and literature are entwined with each other. History is not just about power struggles, wars, names, and dates. It is about people who are products of their time, with their own lives. Today the world is nothing like it was in the 15th century; people have changed largely. Without literature, we would not know about our past, our families, the people who came before and walked on the same ground as us.

4. Appreciation for other cultures and beliefs

Reading about history, anthropology, or religious studies provides a method of learning about cultures and beliefs other than our own. It allows you to understand and experience these other systems of living and other worlds. We get a view of the inside looking out, a personal view and insight into the minds and reasoning of someone else. We can learn, understand, and appreciate it.

5. Better writing skills

When you open a book, when your eyes read the words and you take in its contents, do you ask yourself: How did this person imagine and write this? Well, many of those authors, poets, or playwrights used literature to expand their writing.

6. Addressing humanity

All literature, whether it be poems, essays, novels, or short stories, helps us address human nature and conditions which affect all people. These may be the need for growth, doubts and fears of success and failure, the need for friends and family, the goodness of compassion and empathy, trust, or the realization of imperfection. We learn that imperfection is not always bad and that normal can be boring. We learn that life must be lived to the fullest. We need literature in order to connect with our own humanity.

Literature is important and necessary. It provides growth, strengthens our minds and gives us the ability to think outside the box.

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Here's Why You Find Lara Jean The Most Relatable Character Ever

If you haven't seen this movie, you've got to!

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First of all, let's just say this is the cutest teen movie I've ever seen in my life.

All of the characters, while some of them may be a little trope-y, they're done in a way that makes them all authentic, honest and original. I love them all.

Everyone has a back story and is explained well enough that you know what their role is. Some movies don't do this well. Even though you basically know what's going to happen, because, at the end of the day it is still a teen movie, you're going to sob and maybe even scream.

But back to my queen, Lara Jean, and why she's the absolute best

1. She Has Amazing Style

Were y'all keeping up with the fact that she was putting complete and total looks together that entire time? From the socks to the scrunchies, to the shoes; she looked great every single day! I really can't even believe Gen tried to come for her? Rude.

2. Her Best Friend Is Also Cool

Chris AND Lara Jean together?! Stylish, fashionable, hilarious: iconic! 10/10, I love their friendship and how they're the only ones each other trusts. The way they take care of and look out for one another is great. Plus they both have such great personalities.

3. She Daydreams

I love how Lara Jean lives in her own head. She has all these ideas of what love is because she's read about it and imagined it, but she's never experienced it before. Reminds me of someone I know (me).

4. She Pushes People Away

Not necessarily a positive thing about her, but this makes Lara Jean a real person and less like every other perfect fairytale, teen romance movie to ever be made. She has a problem letting people in and her background and the dialogue in the movie actually explains why.

5. She's Not One Of The Popular Kids

Whenever they make a teen movie, there's always the popular kids and I love when the protagonist/main character isn't one of them. I wasn't one of them in high school, so making movies about the cool kids doesn't make them easy to root for.

6. She's a Person of Color

Do you know how great it is to see a POC as the lead in a teen movie? I watch a lot of these because I'm garbage and it's usually a blonde white girl who's like stereotypically attractive but not "popular," and it just makes the movie harder to relate to. I think having the lead be a person of color makes the movie a little more accessible to more people. Because people who look like Lara Jean can see themselves in her and it's important for young people of all types to be recognized in media so they can feel heard and understood. I just love that!

7. She Wins In The End

Even After Gen was terrible to her the whole movie and she lost Peter, Josh and her own freakin' sister, she eventually gets the boy and repairs her relationship with her best friend and her sister! Ahhh, We love a happy ending!

As I said before, this is truly one of the greatest movies I've seen in a very very very long time. All of the characters are so likable, even Lara Jean's dad. It's like "Mean Girls" but so much cuter and less dramatic.

As a fan of the genre of teen romance, I'm glad a movie like this exists, with a woman of color as the lead and a sad backstory, but a cute and witty family. It's truly all the things I ever wanted in a teen romance.

Thanks, "To All the Boys I've Loved Before."

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