Our family’s first experience with LCA was at a summer camp in 2011 before Nora started first grade. Here she is as the big bad wolf in a Gingerbread Man and Three Little Pigs mash up. Nora quickly learned that making new friends wasn’t so difficult and acting in front of an audience, while scary, was fun! Our once shy little girl was hooked.
It took several months of sitting outside classes before I finally convinced her brother Mitchell to give it a try. Until acting, he’d avoided anything remotely creative favoring instead sports, video games, and math.
Here are both Mitchell and Nora as lions in The Lion King.
(Spring of 2012: Mitchell, top left and Nora, second, bottom right)
Fast forward to 4th and 5th grade, and we’ve become an LCA family. Classes are their favorite hour of the week. Nora is confident and playful instead of the shy girl in the corner and Mitchell has much more balanced interests.
As a parent, it’s difficult to make time for another activity since they both play sports, but we keep making the time because I see a lot of value in the skills they are developing at LCA and they love it!