Drama is a fantastic outlet for creativity and a marvellous confidence-booster. Here at Excite, students will join the creative world of Drama in a safe and nurturing environment.
Whether the aim of our students is to enter into community theatre, prepare for high school Drama classes, or just to have some fun learning in a pressure-free environment, Excite is the perfect place.
Classes for AGES 6+ are 60 minute sessions once a week.
Students learn to:
Develop confidence both on and off the stage. Drama is a fantastic way to build confidence, as the self-confidence that is built inside the drama classroom often translates to the wider world.
Interpret texts. We will be exploring several different scripts during our classes, students will likely be exposed to new reading material, and encouraged to interpret it in new and exciting ways.
Communicate effectively. Through vocal work in term two, and frequent in-class discussions throughout the year, students will begin to see a difference in their communication skills. They will find themselves able to speak more clearly, and be more eager to take part in conversations around them.
Build creativity. A large part of our classes will be creating, and expanding the students’ creative minds. Throughout the terms they will be asked to create short scenes, to imagine things are there that are not, and to make props out of ordinary objects.
Examine the world around them. Throughout the year students will be encouraged to bring in stories or themes that interest them as a starting point for our creative process. This is a great way to get our students actively involved in discussions about current events.
Every lesson includes:
Warm up games - To get the students ready for the day’s lesson.
Focus games - To get the students settled. Focusing them on the class and not on the outside world.
Creative activities - To develop original ideas and to work on the topic of the term.
Class discussions - To understand where the class focus is, and what the students wish to explore further.
Have some fun learning improvisation and devising techniques in a pressure-free environment! Adults can now join the creative world of theatre with our evening drama classes.
Classes will run over the school term and will be one 60 minute session once a week.
Themes for 2019
Term 1: Improvisation
In Term 1 we will be sinking our teeth into Improvisation – in other words, making things up on the spot! Through games and exercises, students will learn an array of skills that will assist them in being able to create pieces of theatre without preparation.
Term 2: Investigation
In Term 2 we will investigate the approaches that 3 influential theatre practitioners have to drama: Konstantin Stanislavsky ('Method' acting), John Britton (working together as a group), and Jacques Lecoq movement and mime).
Term 3: Script Work
In Term 3 we will utilise the skills learnt in Term 2 by channelling them into a scripted play. Students will learn techniques to memorise lines, develop a character, and work together to
tell a story. Stage techniques, such as projection, active listening, and stage presence will be focused on this term.
Term 4: Devising + Final Performance Work
Working on our performance piece for the end-of-year concert will be the focus this term. This will be a devised piece that will follow the initial storyline of the scripted play, but will
have an alternate ending that the students will make up. Devising a play is always lots of fun. It is a chance for the students to use the skills they have learned throughout the year to produce their own work.
Musical Theatre is a branch of theatre that tells stories through song. It combines singing, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance, allowing students to develop skills in many areas of the performing arts, making them a true ‘Triple Threat’.
These classes are designed to take our students on a journey through the many faceted world of Musical Theatre. Throughout the year they will learn how to work with different groups of people, explore different genres, learn about stage techniques and how to develop a character, develop stage presence, and take exciting trips to the mysterious universe of backstage.
Students learn to:
Multitask. As we learn both on-stage and off-stage roles, students will have to learn to balance the two.
Importance of different roles in the theatre. As we explore the many different roles that go into putting on a production, students will develop an appreciation for how much work goes on behind the scenes.
Manage time. Students will learn the meaning of a “quick change” and begin to understand how well you need to manage your time in order to ensure you don’t miss your cues.
Quickly switch between roles. As we learn about the role of the “chorus” in Musical Theatre, students will be taking on many different roles and will learn to quickly change characters.
Work with different groups of people. As we switch between solo work, duets, and group work, students will quickly discover that one has to adapt to different groups of people in the theatre.
Classes will include:
Basic Musical Choreography
Acting in Musical Theatre
Hair and Makeup Design
Themes for 2019
Term 1: Song that focuses on Choreography (Dance)
Term 2: Song that focuses on Storytelling (Acting)
Term 3: Song Preparation for End-of-Year Concert
Term 4: Song Preparation for End-of-Year Concert / Solo Performances
SPEECH AND DRAMA
We are now offering Speech and Drama lessons on Thursday evenings, through Te Ao Mārama School!
Speech and Drama lessons help children develop self-confidence, self-discipline and creativity. Our students will learn how to project their voice, enunciate and communicate clearly, and portray various characters. They gain presentation skills, learn the importance of movement and body language, and become better communicators.
Classes offered are:
Initial Grade for ages 5+
Grade 1 for ages 7+
Grades 2-3 for ages 8+
Classes are held in 30-60 min sessions once a week at Te Ao Mārama School and at Excite from midday onwards on Fridays for homeschoolers.
For more information and to book, visit our Te Ao Mārama page.