“Drama With A Difference” is about to start Term 1 of its drama classes for secondary school kids between the ages of 12 and 17. Classes run after school from Kew on a Thursday and from Clifton Hill on a Monday.
We are an established drama school that has successfully operated for over twenty years. The school is also the launching pad of many successful Australian actors and our students have appeared in major roles and major guest roles in feature films, just about every Australian TV in the past twenty years, numerous ads, and professional theatre. We are established industry professionals and casting directors contact us on regular basis when looking for young actors. We also have connections with several ethical young people’s agencies that we can recommend once we get to know you.
Despite being the perfect place for budding young actors, our classes are also attended by young people who have no desire to become actors. We are equally committed to young people who wish to use drama for recreational purposes. Many attend to overcome shyness, increase self-esteem, mix with like-minded people, make new friends, or simply to have fun! Our drama classes are a wonderful form of stress release for secondary school students who are under increasing pressure at school in our current society. Our young students constantly give feedback that our drama classes provide them with a much needed outlet of spontaneity and freedom of self-expression.
In a world that increasingly demands upfront presentations – at school, at universities, and in the work-place – learning to speak in front of a group or an audience at a young age gives students a life-long advantage in whatever they ultimately choose to do with their lives.
Students will learn the skills of improvisation (coming up with ideas on the spot, and from their own imaginations), character work, movement (as in how different characters move-not dance!), voice work, self-devised script work, and pre-written script work. (Amongst other skills…) All of our teaching takes place in a non-competitive environment, where emphasis is on personal best.
Young people usually remain at the school for at least a year (and often for many years!). Enrolment is on a term by term basis and there is no obligation to continue; however later in the year, kids put on a number of shows in an intimate, professional theatre space. We do not cast large and small roles; rather, we use a number of shorter plays (or double up lead roles) so that everyone has more or less the same amount of time on stage. If, for any reason, a student does not want to perform in public, they may elect to help the teacher/director in a backstage capacity.
Classes resume in the first week that school goes back. It is ideal to start at the first class, but if for any reason you have missed the start date, we can organise to pro-rata your fees and allow you begin late. (Pending availability of spaces).
For information about costs, times, locations etc… please go to the following link, and visit the rest of our comprehensive website while you are there!