“Drama With A Difference” is about to start Term 1 of its drama classes for primary school children between the ages of 7 and 12. Classes run from either Kew on a Wednesday after school, or Clifton Hill on a Saturday morning.
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 child actors. We also have connections with several ethical kids’ agencies that we can recommend once we are aware of a given child’s needs and abilities.
Despite being the perfect place for budding young actors, our classes are also attended by children who have no desire to become actors! In fact, our major mission is to instil self-confidence and self-esteem in young people through drama. Many children attend our courses to overcome shyness, make new friends, or just to have fun! We are experts at integration groups of children who have different expectations from our courses.
Drama is a wonderful activity for any child. In a world that increasingly demands upfront presentations – in later school years, at universities, and in the work-place – learning to speak in front of a group or an audience at a young age gives children a life-long advantage in whatever they ultimately choose to do with their lives.
Children 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…)
The teacher of these classes is experienced in acting, and is also a fully qualified primary school teacher. His major goal is to bring out the innate creativity in all children – regardless of what level they are at – and to do this in a safe and nurturing environment. Despite our success stories within the profession, this is not what we focus on in drama classes. Our classes are run in a strictly non-competitive manner and the emphasis is on personal best.
Children 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, professionally set up theatre. We do not cast large and small roles; rather, we use a number of shorter plays (or double up lead roles) so that every child has more or less the same amount of time on stage. If, for any reason, a child 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!
HAND TO GOD
The Broadway Comedy Smash Hit nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Play.
THE FUNNIEST AND FILTHIEST BROADWAY SHOW IN YEARS FINALLY ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA!
Presented by Aleksandar Vass and Vass Productions
Written by Robert Askins
Directed by Gary Abrahams
HAND TO GOD is a wild, subversive, shocking and sidesplittingly funny black comedy.
Audiences have gone crazy for this multiple Tony Award nominated play. In early 2018 it arrives at Alex Theatre, St Kilda with an all-star cast, featuring multi award winners ALISON WHYTE, GRANT PIRO and GYTON GRANTLEY as Jason.
In the tiny, conservative town of Cypress, Texas, mild-mannered Jason is just trying to be a good boy. When he joins his mother Margery’s amateur puppetry group at the local church, Jason discovers a burgeoning talent for comedy. Finally, he’s found something he’s good at! However, Tyrone, his puppet, has other plans.
An irreverent, occasionally shocking, and perpetually hysterical romp to hell and back, Hand To God’s exploration of the ideas of faith, morality, and human nature will leave you sore with laughter.
“AN EXPLOSIVE BLAST OF RAUCOUS, HILARIOUS, DIRTY FUN”
-OFFICIAL LONDON THEATRE
-TIME OUT, NEW YORK
“A WICKEDLY FUNNY NEW PLAY FROM BROADWAY”
-THE NEW YORKER
CALLING ALL SINGERS! State wide search for all styles and skills for Take the Mic’s Singing Competition. Take the Mic is Judged by industry professionals and has provided over $100,000 in value of prizes.
Applications Close March 19th
April 15 (5:30pm and 8:00pm)
OPEN DIVISION (7:00pm-9:00pm)
Junior Grand Final – June 4
Open Grand Final – June 5
-Open Division: Ages 15+
-Junior Division: Ages 7-14
SONG CHOICE AND BACKING
-Songs can be any style but prefer below 4 minutes.
-Each artist will perform ONE song
-Backing tracks in mp3 format with no backing vocals.
-You may be accompanied or do so yourself on guitar. No Piano.
-Performance (Connection to the lyric an audience engagement)
-Vocal Technique (Use of range, tone and dynamics)
-Song Choice (Compatibility, arrangement and creativity)
– Feedback from Professional Industry Judges
– High Quality Photography
– High Definition Video Production
– Post-competition Support
THE HATPIN tells story of a single mother, Amber Murray, who advertised her baby in a newspaper trading column in the hope of saving his life…and ended up embroiled in one of the most captivating, moving and exciting criminal trials in Australian history. Using the moral support she gains from her friendship with the free spirited Harriet Piper, Amber fights the injustices of circumstance and tragedy to find hope and strength.
A moving and hopeful story about friendship and courage. Dealing with motherhood, poverty and the resilience of women thriving under extraordinary pressures, this show looks at the public’s judgment of private choice, the power of self-liberty and the notion of “care”.
This case of Amber Murray vs. The Makins was influential in bringing about awareness in society of the need for welfare for single-mothers and the demand for a review of the Australian Child Protection Act.
ETC is proud to present a series of one act plays for its second season. Please contact individual directors for more details. Auditions for all three plays will be held on the same dates. Auditionees must be available to attend the play season as well as a number of One Act Play festivals in July (to be advised).
Auditions are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please apply to organise your audition time and for any further information.
Tuesday 20 March 2018 at 7.30pm
Tuesday 27 March 2018 at 7:30pm
Bradshaw Street Community Hall
Bradshaw Street (off Buckley Street)
West Essendon VIC 3040
Rehearsals will be three times a week, Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm & Sundays at 2pm.
31 May – 3 June 2018 & 7 – 9 June 2018
Thursday, Friday and Saturday Performances at 8pm
Sunday Matinee at 2pm
Play 1: A Thousand Words By Hayley Lawson-Smith
Directed by Hayley Lawson-Smith
Characters summary: 1 female, 1 male
Female: ‘Mummy’ 20s to 40s
Male: ‘Daddy’ 20s to 40s
All enquires to Director Hayley Lawson-Smith at email [email protected] or phone 0435 364 065 and leave a message which will be returned ASAP.
Mummy and Daddy are featured items on the refrigerator, and proud of it. But behind the happy facade, real life must be acknowledged.
Play 2 Youth Play: Warriors By Hayley Lawson-Smith
This is a Youth Production and we encourage young people to apply!
Directed by Michele Haywood
Characters summary: 4 females, 1 male.
Belinda, 16 – 18 years: She is Amy’s big sister. Always caring, always there for her little sister, whose sickness has made Belinda stronger than her years. Belinda boards at one of the better high schools in the city.
Amy, 13 – 14 years: She is sick in a hospital bed. Whiles she is unwell, the main reason she has to stay at the hospital is because her family lives too far away from the city to bring her to her appointments, whare are often. She spends all her time writing.
Zordana, 16-18 Years. A warrior queen, she is the heroine of Amy’s made up land. She is brave, noble and has vowed to conquer the evil spreading through her homeland.
Peter, 15 – 17 years. A very fit young man with a passion for cricket and swimming. Although he would be reluctant to admit it, he cares about his family deeply, particularly his little sister of whom he’s very protective.
Maddie, 12-14 years. Peter’s little sister. She is very bright, but quite different from her peers. If she were an older person, we might call her eccentric. It is her willingness to believe in magic that makes a happy ending possible.
All enquires to Director Michele Haywood at email [email protected] or phone 0413 692 283.
Not every hero gets a song or the cheers of the crowd—or even acknowledgement. In Zordana’s land, a hero fights bravely in the open field, destroying monsters and dark magic. In Amy’s world, her hero is the sister who takes care of her. For Maddie, her hero is her brother, who may tease her mercilessly but loves her dearly. As tragedy threatens to consume their separate worlds, only in coming together can they battle back the dark.
“The Old People are Revolting”
Director: Emma Barber [email protected] or 0418 534 772
Using the United Nations charter on the rights of self-determination the residents decide to create their own independent Kingdom, appoint a monarch and teach the wider community a lesson. The resulting chaos and shenanigans draws the attention of the international media and upsets the nation’s balance of power.
Patricia: Patricia has an air of education and sophistication about her that is unmatched by the other residents. She has led the other residents to believe she was a High Court Judge when in fact she was a Clerk of the Court. Dreams of being in charge of a landmark court case.
Howie: Former car salesman. A little crass and on the lookout for some fun. He sees himself as a bit of a ladies’ man but unfortunately the ladies could not be less interested in him. He has a son. Never married. Looking for love.
Shirley: Suffering from the effects of drugs and wild living of the 1960’s making her quick tempered, rather dramatic and erratic. For some reason only known to herself she steals mail and makes copies for her files. Her claim to fame is her union role in the 1968 textile workers lockout. Looking for one last opportunity to “stick it to the man”.
Peggy: Former seamstress for a suit manufacturer. Peggy is a kind, gentle and insightful woman who is never separated from her latest cross-stitch project. Looking for company.
Doug: Newest resident. Recently and reluctantly retired from his farm after his wife passed away. He hates the retirement village because there is nothing to do… everything works so there is nothing to fix. Looking for something to do.
Elizabeth: The oldest character by quite a margin. She is suffering from the onset of dementia and is only able to remain living independently at the Village through the assistance of the other residents.
Ashley Hardwick: Reporter for a local television station. Looking for her big break into national prime time television. Self-serving, condescending, who despite her contempt for the elderly can’t help herself eventually liking the residents of the Sunshine Retirement Village.
3 – 14 APRIL – SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN
About the Company: OXAGEN Productions was launched in 2009. We are a production company for Xavier College Alumni, Genazzano Alumnae and the wider community. We aim to promote the performing arts by providing opportunities for ex-students to produce and perform concerts, musicals and other forms of performance.
Wednesday 4th April 7-10pm
Thursday 5th April 7-10pm
Saturday 7th April 9am-3pm
Call Backs will take place on Sunday 8th April, 11am to 6pm.
Audition Venue: Templestowe Valley Primary School, 15 Birchwood Ave, Templestowe
Tuesdays 7-10pm, Wednesdays 7-10pm, Sundays 1-5pm, commencing 11 April.
Auditions are by appointment only and must be booked by contacting the Production Manager, Sam Barson; [email protected]
Ringtail Theatre would like to welcome any and all to our auditions for FEED, a new work to be directed by Kassandra Tille.
Footscray flatmates Tom and Samira are straight out of university with rapidly dwindling funds and an abundance of unpaid career opportunities weighing them down. When Sam is paid to do a one-off marketing job for a fringe alt-right blogger, the two 20-somethings hatch a lucrative plan to cash in on a wave of dubious internet news. But as their operation fishtails increasingly into chaos, the pair begin to lose their grasp on product and reality alike.
‘Feed’ is a pitch-black comedy about millennial capitalism and the price of truth in a 21st-century news cycle.
Ringtail is a Melbourne-based theatre company interested in
producing new and original Australian work. Ringtail possums are gentle, adaptable, inquisitive, acrobatic, gregarious, brave and quintessentially Australian. We like our theatre the same way.
The show will be held from the 10th to the 16th of June at Northcote Town Hall, so availability in the weeks approaching this time will be essential.
Ringtail encourages people from all ranges of experience, backgrounds and skills to apply for auditions. There are a number of smaller roles in FEED, which would be ideal for an actor seeking a beginner or lower commitment role.
Sam (Samira), female – 25. Woman of colour. Lead.
Tom, male – 24. Unspecified ethnicity. Lead.
Kim, female – 24. Unspecified ethnicity. Minor character.
Chen, female – 23. Chinese-Australian. Minor character.
Trish, female – 52. Unspecified ethnicity. Minor character.
To apply for a audition slot, please email [email protected], listing which of the following times you are available:
12th of April:
13th of April:
You will be emailed with a 10 minute slot during one of the times you choose and a location at Melbourne University for your audition. You may be required to attend a callback on the 15th of April between 1-4pm.
Please prepare a contemporary monologue for your audition. If you have a preference for one of the listed characters, you are encouraged to select a monologue you may think appropriate for them!
If you would to audition but can’t attend the aforementioned times or have other enquiries, please email [email protected]
Ringtail Theatre looks forward to seeing you at auditions!