Today the students of Studio de Chaos are taking the stage to perform some selections they have been working on this term for their friends and families. It will be a day filled with music, fun, and excitement. But for some, there will be a few hours of anxiety and nerves, and uncertainty. I have a lot of first time performers this year -who have no idea what to expect. And these kids are nervous. Excited but nervous. Walking into the unknown can be a bit scary. Explaining what is going to happen can only prepare them for so much, because something different happens to us each time we walk on stage. Sometimes its magical, and sometimes it isn’t. But its always an adventure. So we take a breath, and hold our heads confidently, and we walk on stage just like we practiced so many times before.
But there are things we can do the day of the performance to make ourselves feel a bit more calm and confident. Here is my to do list on performance day:
- Eat a breakfast that has not a lot of refined sugar – oatmeal is a good choice.
- Something warm to drink is always nice, though Im not sure how many six year olds drink tea. But for me, a cup of tea rather than coffee is helpful.
- Do a short practice in the morning, I would rather you not play the songs you are going to perform this afternoon, but if you feel you need to play them one more time – then do that. No more than 5 minutes on those songs though.
- If you are feeling nervous, read a chapter of a fun book. Or tell someone a few jokes. Laughter is great for relaxing the nerves.
- Go for a walk at some point this morning. Pay attention to what you see, smell, and hear. I expect all of you to be doing this at some point – and I want a report.
- Most importantly, I want all of you to come prepared with a prank for the reception afterwards – because this holiday will be about fun and pranking!
I understand that sometimes we don’t feel up to playing in front of an audience, and that’s fine. If you feel like you cant do it this time, then stay and watch and learn from some of the other students. And if you feel like going up afterwards – we can arrange that too. The recital is supposed to be fun. It doesn’t always have to be serious. And when the time comes, and you don’t feel like playing the song that we rehearsed, but want to tell a story or a joke, or a dance routine -then that’s fine too. Anything goes!
The reward will be great today!
*Photo Source – David Vidmar via flickr