Exposure to the arts important

Published 3:21 am Wednesday, February 6, 2008

By Staff
Throughout this week, a little magic will be happening each afternoon and evening in the auditorium at Jefferson Davis Community College.
Ordinary children will be turned into pumpkins, mice, fairy godmothers and princes and princesses in just a week.
The Missoula Children's Theatre is visiting Brewton for the second time to help put on a performance with local students. MCT is in town courtesy of the Brewton Council of the Arts, which brings shows to Brewton throughout the year.
We are lucky to have this theatre troupe in town this week, just as we are lucky to have the Brewton Community Theatre putting on shows regularly now.
Exposing young people to the arts is as important as teaching them reading, writing and arithmetic or getting them involved in sports. Participating in stage shows can give them confidence, teach them teamwork and help them broaden their horizons.
Brewton Community Theatre has now produced two plays, both of which featured several young people as actors and behind-the-scenes workers.
With Missoula Children's Theatre in town for a second year and T.R. Miller students working on their senior play, our young people have plenty of opportunities for involvement in the arts.
If it's not their thing to participate, that's OK, too. But watching these shows can bring just as much enjoyment.
We're glad to see so much emphasis on the arts in our community - we are all better for it.