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Classes

About our Theatre Classes

Drama and Musical Theatre are fantastic outlets for creativity, and massive confidence boosters in children.

In our Theatre classes, students will get to:

                                                                       Develop confidence both on and off the stage

                                                                       Communicate effectively

                                                                       Build creativity and imagination

                                                                       Build awareness of their body in space

                                                                       Improve memory and concentration

                                                                       Learn self-discipline

                                                                       Learn empahty

                                                                       Work with different groups of people

                                                                       Learn about different roles one can do in the theatre

                                                                       Manage time

                                                                       Learn rhythm

                                                                       And much more!

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Drama Classes

60 min class once a week
$170 per term

Learning drama provides students with transferable life skills that will help all areas of their lives. Expanding their creativity and imagination boosts brain development and functioning, and promotes learning in all areas. Creativity also involves critical thinking, planning, problem-solving, and focus. Drama equips students with the skills necessary to express their opinions and thoughts with eloquence – building their confidence, empathy, and ability in public speaking.  

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

This year, our drama students will be engaging in the following topics:


Term 1: Who’s Line Is It Anyway?
Our drama students will begin the year by creating a strong ensemble. Through teamwork, and skill-developing exercises, they will be able to work together as a team to improvise and devise scenes.

Term 2: Physical Theatre
In this module, students will learn how to transform their bodies, and use movement to express thoughts, feelings, and stories. Inspired by Eastern Theatre Practitioners (Eugenio Barba, Jacques Lecoq, and Jerzy Grotowski), students will devise and create scenes that allow the body to be as expressive as the voice. 

Term 3: Lights, Camera, Action!
Term 3 will see the students begin script work. They will be able to engage in monologues, duologues, and group work. Focusing on characterisation, voice, facial expressions, and being truthful under imaginary circumstances, students will learn how to act as many different characters.

Term 4: The Famous Five
This term, students will be able to sink their teeth into The Famous Five and the wonderful adventures Julian, Dick, Anne, George, and Timmy go on. Using these stories as the source material, students will dabble in Immersive Theatre, Children’s Theatre, and Greek Theatre. This will give them a taste of the different genres they can perform under the “theatre” umbrella. 

Drama for ages 8-11

The Dramatizers | Thursday 3:30-4:30pm

Encore Drama | Thursday 4:30-5:30pm

musical theatre

60 min class once a week
$170 per term

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, the ropes in backstage roles.

Each term, we will learn about, and perform a song from, a different musical. The musicals will be chosen in conference with the class, but will reflect a wide range of genres and styles.  However, all songs chosen will have an empowering and uplifting message. 

The older classes will require acting with more complex emotions, greater vocal technique, and more intricate choreography.  All students will get a chance to sing individually, as well as part of a group to increase their confidence. 

For Term 2 2024 our Musical Theatre students are diving into the world of Mary Poppins. Scene work is introduced at the beginning of each class where students to work together to devise short scenes and then present these to the class. This gives them a chance to build their acting and storytelling skills. The remainder of the lesson focuses on learning songs and dances, enhancing their vocal and movement skills to cover the Triple Threat!

Musical Theatre for ages 9-13

Super Troupers | Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm

Triple Threat | Thursday 5:30-6:30pm

Musical Theatre for ages 13-17

Broadway Lights | Thursday 6.30-7.30pm

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Rehearsal

DRAMATIC EDGE

(formerly Performance Troupe)
60 min class once a week
$170 per term

This class is for our up-and-coming theatre enthusiasts! The aim of this class is to teach the skills that students will need to enter professional or community theatre. Even though the focus is on acting, students will also have the chance to learn about directing, and playwriting through experience.

 

Through script work, devising, and improvisation, students will polish and refine their acting and playwriting skills. Classes will focus on controlling energy, stage presence, diction, listening, and being truthful under imaginary circumstances. These skills will give our students the edge when they go to audition for future plays/films. 

 

This class can be thought of as an extension drama class. Students will be challenged to take on more serious roles, become more truthful in performance, and develop a broader understanding of how a play is put on.

 

Please Note:  This class will require a high level of commitment as learning lines and practicing scenes will be expected to be completed at home.

Term 1: Who’s Line Is It Anyway?
Our drama students will begin the year by creating a strong ensemble. Through teamwork, and skill-developing exercises, they will be able to work together as a team to improvise and devise scenes.

Term 2: Write, Direct, Perform
Using a chosen book or movie as inspiration, students will work with the teacher to tell the same story from multiple perspectives. Each student will write a segment, direct their segment, and perform a fellow student’s segment. Students will learn how to give and take direction, while fine-tuning their acting ability.

Term 3: Screen Acting
Term 3 will see the students learn about screen acting. Through monologues, duologues, and group work, students will practice the audition process, rehearsal protocol, and the differences between screen and stage acting. Focusing on characterisation, voice, facial expressions, and being truthful under imaginary circumstances, students will learn how to act as many different characters.

Term 4: The Prime Objective
This term, students will be able to sink their teeth into a full length script. Students will focus on character, looking at their minor and major objectives, their motivations, and expression. This term will offer the full experience, starting with auditions, leading to line learning, tech runs, and a final performance to finish the year.

Dramatic Edge for ages 12-17

Thursday 6:30-7:30pm

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