Numerous long-term studies suggest that children who participate in the arts do better in school, regardless of their cultural or socio-economic background. Additionally, they experience increased community awareness, social skills, cultural perspective, and artistic abilities. These are all skills that help children learn to function more responsibly within our communities, as they become contributing members of our society.
Live theatre can have a considerable impact on the community in which it resides. As people attend theatrical performances, they typically take part in the activities in addition to the theatre itself, which increases the amount of money spent in the area, and as a result boosts the local economy. Whether people stop at the local restaurant before attending the theatre, or stop in local shops after the production, money is spent and the popularity of the town increases. Additionally, theatre related businesses become in greater demand when a live theatre is present. This may include dry cleaners, wig makers, hair stylists, retail establishments, and even lumberyards for set design and props.
Live theatres also benefit a community socially and culturally. It brings together people of all racial and economic backgrounds together as they experience an afternoon or evening of pure delight. In addition, it helps people relate better to one another as they are able to catch as glimpse into what the theatrical or musical performance displays; thus, creating a sense of understanding and commonality within diverse groups of the community.