We live in a country where the Theatre Arts is not exactly an ideal choice of course to take in college. We only have a few schools that offer Theatre Arts as a course. This is so because we have this culture, or rather mindset, that it is not worth it because it has little pay; unlike being a doctor or a lawyer. Doctors and lawyers are the ideal jobs that the most Filipino parents would want their kids to have. This is unfair because people do not give the appreciation to this type of Art deserves. People do not understand how hard it is to be part of the theatre and fulfilling it could be. Theatre should be more appreciated for the time and effort the people put in it.
Theatre Actors (or even actors in general) have as much stamina and endurance, or even more, than athletes. I remember when I was younger I was told actors are athletes. Now that I am taking AB Theatre Arts, I fully understand what that statement meant. Actors (including dancers and singers) go through an extensive training regime to be able to do at least 2-3 per day. They have not only to train physically but also mentally and emotionally. Theatre Actors have to train themselves mentally because there is a lot of thinking on your feet work. They also train themselves emotionally because of all the shoes they have to fill in when they step into another character.
If Theatre Actors are the athletes, I would say that the Production side of Theatre is the group of Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers, Architects, Designers and Bank Accountants. They are basically the Avengers of Theatre. I feel like this side of Theatre is not so recognized by the general public. The people see and appreciate the output, yes, but they do not take time to search or find out who created the visuals of the play. But those are the Artistic Department and Technical Department only. What about the Production Department? They are composed of the Stage Managers, Company Manager, Production Manager and the Crew. This part of the Production side of theatre is, in my opinion, the most underappreciated team. Little do people know that without them there DEFINITELY won’t be anything to put up on stage.
Do you see now why the people in the Theatre Industry should be appreciated more? Why we should give them the respect and awe they deserve?
Theatre Arts is more work than what people give it credit for. It is the art of story telling through body movements, facial expressions and dialogue. Sure, it does not pay much, but it gives you a sense of fulfillment because stories speak volumes. This kind of art’s main goal is to send a real message through a physicalized story presentation.
Doctors and Lawyers are overrated. Having a secure future with money in your hands is overrated. It is time for an adventure. I believe it is time to give the spotlight to the underappreciated. It is time for the underdogs to take the stage this twenty-first century.