Several of DCT’s Academy students got to attend Josh Groban’s In the Round Tour at the American Airlines Center. Everyone loved watching this phenomenal artist shine. And, like DCT, he understands the power the arts have on shaping the lives of our youth. DCT was selected to receive a generous gift from his Find Your Light Foundation. And he even mentioned DCT on stage during the concert to an audience of thousands! We got a chance to ask Josh a few questions before the concert about the impact DCT and the arts can have on your family. Here’s what he said…
What would you say to encourage families to take children to a live show such as what Dallas Children’s Theater offers? Why would you tell them that such experiences are important?
I would say that the single best thing my parents did for my brother and I growing up (other than love, food, and shelter!) is to expose us to the arts. It opened an entire world of possibilities for me. I would say that the exposure and not necessarily a pushiness is what’s important. Let kids know that this world exists. Many times that can be enough to change an entire outlook growing up and going forward. I know it did for me.
How do you think the arts benefits children who may not be pursuing a career in that field?
The arts provide, in my opinion, a foundation for so many core important qualities. The ability to explore, to wonder, to connect and express without judgment. To see the world as diverse but not divided and see cultural blockades broken down through the universal languages of artistic expression. It is the great uniter. I think on a basic level, it teaches young people core values that lend themselves to countless endeavors, artistic or not.
Can you talk about any theater experiences you recall in your upbringing and what impact they had on you?
I remember my first musical in 7th grade. It was Anything Goes. I was the newbie so I got a nameless chorus role. But I took that role and I loved it. I supported the cast, watched from the side of the stage and enjoyed every moment when I was on it. I was given the “most promising newcomer” award with that chorus role and it’s my favorite trophy ever!
Thank you, Josh, and Find Your Light, for your generosity and for helping DCT’s After School Drama program continue to reach 4th and 5th graders at DISD’s Moseley Elementary!
And what a special moment it was for our Academy students who got to meet such a talented and kindhearted role model before his incredible show. It was definitely an evening none of us will ever forget!