At my school, in England, we used to put on a full-length play by Shakespeare once a year.
I was a hopelessly timid kid, but somehow landed the part of Cassius in the play, Julius Caesar. I didn’t think I could learn hundreds of lines for the play, and I didn’t think I could get up on the stage in front of an audience.
But I did. And playing that part changed my life.
My teacher gave me the opportunity to really stretch myself, and to discover what I was truly capable of.
Now we fast-forward a generation to when my children were at school at about the same age. When I went to see their school “plays”, my kids were asked to learn maybe ten lines.