What makes our program unique is that our staff tailor weekly classes to suit the cohort and individual need! In fact, our end of year show is written and shaped by the children so it is meaningful, relevant and engaging. Students are able to join at any time during the year as our sessions assume that most children are in the business of discovering their favourite thing to do!
Term One:The focus is on becoming familiar with their peers, making friends or reconnecting with past students. Teachers identify what dramatic skills the particular group of children need and want to learn. This is done through a sensitive approach to each individual and with significant expertise. Classes consist of fast moving, fun warm up activities, a series of targeted learning experiences and an enjoyable game to finish on a 'high'.
Term Two:Provides students the opportunity to experience a different style of acting as they 'work to camera'. Each week students create footage to be edited into a DVD. They enjoy their own achievements and the success of others through our ever popular 'Film and Popcorn Night'. The students usually arrive for this in their pyjamas ready to be entertained and feast on a few treats.
Term Three:Employs visiting specialists from the arts industry that broaden our students Performing Arts experience. These tutors may come from a dance, music, circus or theatre base. As the term unfolds the End of Year show becomes central. Each group decides on style, content and theme of the performance. Students are free to be involved in a large scale role or some enjoy a lower profile. It is intended that each child is challenged while benefitting from the life- long accolades of success.
Term Four:This is the completion of our year's journey as students create their own, unique performance piece that relies on their co-operative, written, theatrical and creative skill. It's always different, deeply meaningful and often hilarious as it comes from the children themselves. The performance focuses on the acting so costume and props are kept to a minimum. Our objective is that everyone is totally involved, either braving an audience for the first time or enjoying displaying their theatrical flair!
The Drama School now offers your centre weekly drama sessions. These workshops are expertly designed to suit your children while addressing The Early Learning Framework for Australia of BELONGING, BEING and BECOMING.Our individually tailored drama sessions are exciting and highly successful as:
- We ASK children to think 'outside the square', to be imaginative and creative
- We CHALLENGE children to solve problems through collaboration, negotiation and mutual respect.
- We PROVIDE an environment where children feel safe to explore their world through music, props and costume.
- We NURTURE each child as we praise their achievements and build self-confidence.
- We BUILD self-esteem as children experience success through dramatic play.
- We ENCOURAGE children to experiment with language and how they communicate to their peers and a wider circle of adults.
The Drama School expects children to thrive through the discipline of structured play! The company aims to have each child feel connected, challenged and inspired as they role play, improvise and immerse themselves in the magical world of drama.
OUR COMPANY IS UNIQUE AS WE CAN TAILOR SESSIONS TO SUIT YOUR CLASS OR YOU CAN SELECT THEMES PREVIOUSLY CONDUCTED AND POPULAR IN OTHER
THE ROYAL CASTLEThe world of fantasy opens up in our workshop set in a magnificent castle where The Royal Family, Knights, Princes and Princesses come face to face with a fierce Dragon! The ancient creature roars in pain as the Queen discovers a thorn in his paw. What will the children decide to do? As they remove the nasty prickle the Royal Dragon decides to become The Castles best friend and protector. In return the King saves the precious Royal Dragon Forest.
THE LA DE DA RESTAURANTExperience the wonders of a very, very fancy restaurant where the waiters, chefs and customers all enjoy a delightful meal and all help wash the dishes! Sit at your own table, enjoy using the table setting especially the cup of tea. But what will happen when one of the waitresses spills a drop of milk on a very posh customer wearing her new dress?
CIRCUS FUNHave the choice of being a colourful clown, roaring lion, tight rope walker or juggler. Everyone has the opportunity to become a circus character as they march in the opening procession and perform for an excited audience.
TO MARKET TO MARKETThere are stalls, market sellers and lots of buyers at the Merry Melbourne Market Place. Learn rhymes to attract people to your stall, inspect the merchandise or simply come to browse, it's sure to be a vibrant, lively experience.
Payment OptionsWe have a range of Payment options:
The centre can choose to pay The Drama School
A 45 minute weekly Drama session will cost $150 + GST
OR We can arrange a Parent Pay System.
$9 Per child, per session (sessions run in school terms only)
OR Choose one of our incursions
A one hour Incursion will cost $215 + GST
- WE COME TO YOU
- WE CATER FOR MOST CLASS SIZES
- TAILOR YOUR SESSIONS TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS
These are weekly classes that focus on the development of movement/dance and voice/song. The Drama School's philosophy has at it's core the whole development of the child and therefore each session is not only shaped for those who may want to further their interest in Music Theatre but for children who simply love to dance and sing. A one hour class includes a fun, fast moving warm up activity, stagecraft tuition and a time to reflect on the learning. At the end of each year the students perform the result of their years work. It is a low key performance that celebrates a child's commitment, confidence and skill. The first class is obligation free.
The Magic Carpet RideThe Magic Carpet Ride has been shaped to be an exciting, creative, dramatic experience that caters for up to 30 children at any one time.
It has a multi-cultural theme that transports children to a variety of colourful destinations. Their travels will include having cups of tea with the Queen while trying not to disturb the grumpy Royal Dragon, flying to Hawaii for exotic hula lessons and then visiting a pirate ship. Our final stop is the pyramids of ancient Egypt.
Each child will use props, wear costumes, experience music, movement and role play a range of characters.
Running time: 60 minutes
Jungle QuestChildren will enjoy and adventure filled hour searching for prehistoric creatures never before seen by man! They must overcome many challenging obstacles in a jungle full of quicksand, swamp nets, perilous bridges and dangerous caves before reporting their findings to The Melbourne Times.
My Many Coloured DaysWe'll visit the Circus of Colour, the cool green of the sea, the freedom of blue, the 'buzziness' of yellow and the dark, howling creatures of the Black Forest! It will be a fun, joyous experience based on Dr Seuss's poem, 'My Many Coloured Days'.
Cost$250 plus GST. This includes all costume pieces, props and a certificate for each child.
There's little time for school's to shape their own school production and the expectations from the community are huge these days! Having written and directed countless highly successful shows we are able to work with principals and teachers to tailor a performance that suit their school's unique requirements.
Schools can choose a script that is virtually ready-made, select their own or have us help the children write a piece that is based on educationally sound principles.The Drama School is able to deliver costume and set if required.
We are flexible and feel sure the students will not only learn stagecraft, build healthy relationships, take risks, develop both personal and social skill but create a memory that they'll treasure for life. Having directed both Balwyn and Camberwell South's primary school production in 2015 & 2017 we invite you to ask the schools for their feedback on our work. "We've been fortunate in having The Drama School direct our 5/6 musical this year and it has been a pleasure to watch them interact with the students and guide them in enhancing their confidence and collaboration with each other. "The 2015 musical was one of the most successful yet." Balwyn Primary SchoolCost is negotiated depending on rehearsal time, script choice and extra stagecraft requirements such as costume etc. Email us to discuss your specific needs.
The drama school offers children drama workshop's during the school holiday's. The themes we cover vary and are based on our philosophy of making drama an inclusive, fun, creative experience. If you'd like your child to participate in one of these sessions, contact us for detailed information.
Through out the year we also operate Drama workshop's for vacation care providers such as CAMP AUSTRALIA & OSH CLUB.