“To explore the benefits of Musical Theatre and the effects it can have on the social and mental development of adolescents within St Columba’s High School”
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The study investigates the art form of Musical Theatre and the effects it can have on the social and mental development of adolescents within St Columba’s High School. This was measured through analysis and reflection on a series of 10 practical rehearsals, in which I facilitated a small group of senior pupils. I directed and choreographed a musical number for them to perform. To add, the participants were encouraged to discuss the process frequently and such discussions were voice recorded and transcribed. The aims, objectives and structure of each rehearsal has been logged and formally typed up. These weekly rehearsal logs can be seen in the Practical Portfolio element of this study. Alongside this, I have compiled weekly reflections. These consist of an analysis of each individuals journey throughout the process, highlighting both their struggles and improvements. Each rehearsal uncovered the participants insecurities and as they progressed a collective positive growth became very evident. The study was concluded by video recording the participants performing their piece and they were then asked to comment on the process from start to finish; how it has effected them as a person and if there was anything substantial they were going to take away from the experience.