Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Speech Pathology and Audiology


All normal children are hungry for beauty, and they take delight in seeing their instincts represented on the stage. Too often in the past the mistake has been made of writing and playing down to the children. Their imaginative lives have a dignity of which they are keenly aware, and they resent quite naturally and properly any condescension. In child entertainment it is hard to realize how little is being accomplished, particularly in the field of drama. In education it is probably necessary to start early in order to develop the fever tastes and it is a gradual and arduous task. The greatest values of the children's theatre is not only to show them the beautiful and to give them joy, but to direct their intellectual, artistic, emotional, and imaginative side. The need for a children's theatre in the United States is a very great one. The many capitals of Europe, including, London, Paris, Rome, and Berlin support their children's theatres.


A thesis submitted to the Faculty of the Speech School, Marquette University, in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Philosophy in Speech