Drama and Theatre Performance Classes
Drama lessons help children and adults to discover their creative talents in the dramatic arts,
as well as develop confidence and vital communication skills. Our drama classes feature instruction in the following aspects:
- Assistance with speaking techniques and form through the preparation of dramatic monologues and other works
- When and where to move around the stage (stage directions such as upstage, downstage etc.)
- Different ways of moving and acting to properly characterise different characters.
- Movements in relations to other actors on the stage – learning to properly respond in group scenarios appropriately
- Use of individual limbs as well as whole body movement in order to accurately convey emotion, mood, feel and tone of dramatic scenes.
- Working in silence (or with minimal words) to convey activities and actions (e.g. painting, opening doors, riding a bike etc.)
- Working with dialogue but miming any props on set (e.g. Looking in a mirror, putting on makeup etc. whilst facing the audience).
- Physical theatre also utilising mime techniques, miming props, sets or even other actors.
- Improvised Drama
- Learn to improvise on the stage! Participate in this unique genre of drama in which the plot, scene, characters and/or dialogue are made up on the spot.
- Learn to elaborate from cues given by the teacher or other actors; develop your ‘in the moment’ reactions to different dramatic cues.
- Script work
- Learn to read, understand and act based off of scripts written for the stage or cinematic productions
- Develop your ability to quickly interpret written material for adaptation to different circumstances
- Understand the fundamental principles behind writing a script and what you’ll need to write scripts of your own
- Production fundamentals
- Learn what it means to be on the stage: the fundamental elements of comedy, tragedy, drama and melodrama.
- Know basic terminology and nomenclature of the various performing arts disciplines.
- Become comfortable with the stage and gain a feel for what performance is like.
- Camera technique
- Gain an understanding of the framing of different scenes and what camera shots and angles work under different circumstances
- Learn the importance of perspective in both theatre performance as well as cinematic contexts
- Audition technique
- A must for future stars! Learn what it takes to "wow" your audience in your next audition
- Become adept at quickly identifying different scenes and what it takes to stand out from your competition
- Impress and amaze as you watch your own confidence and skill in the spotlight improve!
Drama Class Structures
Classes are separated by age into the following categories:
- 3 to 5 years old
- 6 to 8 years old
- 9 to 12 years old
- 13 to 15 years old
- 16 to 18 years old
- 18+ years old (Adults)
For drama classes with students aged between 3 and 12 years old, the focus of the classes will be on various improvisation and memory games.
The beginning of each class consists of a brief warmup (body and voice warmups) followed by various activities centred around imagination,
creativity and improvisation. The priority of each class will be for students to be relaxed and comfortable in a creative space
while learning to enjoy being in a theatrical environment. Subsequent classes will also feature the opportunity for students
to develop their own theatre works to potentially perform on stage later in the year. Classes will run for approximately 30-45 minutes.
For older students, (13 years and above) drama classes will follow a similar template except
classes will last 1 hour, and students will be exposed to more advanced material.
Classes will feature introductions to classical works such as Shakespeare,
as well as more modern works such as Roald Dahl and many others.
Students will also be introduced to various acting techniques from such famous practitioners
such as Stanislavsky, Donnellan, Michael Chekhov and many more.
In addition to this, one-on-one classes will also provide students with the opportunity
to work on monologues and solo performances for tests such as VCE examinations and/or auditions.
Essential skills such as script analysis, text exploration, technical performance aspects (acting coaching)
and performance research processes will be taught and refined throughout these lessons