Teenage Classes – for ages 12–17

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Our teenage program forms a major part of the school. Teenagers are introduced to the techniques of acting used at major full time drama schools, adapted for their age and experience.

Drama classes give teenagers the edge in many areas of life – now and in the future.

Subjects

Subjects include:

  • Improvisation. Coming up with your own ideas on the spot. As well as extending the imagination, this is a valuable tool for later life – for interviews, ideas, presentations and so on.
  • Voice: Creating clearer and more confident speech.
  • Character work: Teenagers create their own characters through a range of methods.
  • Movement: Not dance as such but movement that expresses various emotions, situations, characters and so on.
  • Performance: This is the core of the teenage class. The subjects taught are used as part of the rehearsal process.

These ‘subjects’ are not taught in isolation, but are applied and taught as the basis for the rehearsals that lead to the performance.

Class description

This class begins to look at the actual craft of acting. Students engage in improvisation and script work. Scripts range from classical to contemporary, with an emphasis on scripts by or for young people in Australia. Issue based plays relating to teenage years are explored and students are taught the art of Improvisation – thinking on their feet and coming up with their own ideas.

Voice Work is encouraged – not as a separate entity but within the realm of the projection of ideas in class. In other words, if a young person mumbles and cannot be understood, we work with the intention of his/her ideas, communication and confidence in order to be understood.

Students begin to learn the actual Technique of Acting; how to create believable Characterisations and spend at lot of time on Script Work. This involves the rehearsal for the performances.

Many of our older senior students are at the stage of wanting to take drama seriously. Students should advise us if they are interested in attending professional auditions / applying for an agent or auditioning for the major full time drama schools when they finish school. This will give us an indication of their class.

Term 4, 2016– Performance Term

This term, both teenage groups will present a series of different scenes under the heading ‘Bits and Pieces’. This will be performed to a live audience from the theatre in Kew and will involve extra rehearsal time and show times. Please see schedule below.

Term 1, 2107

Regular weekly classes resume in Term 1, 2017. See details below.

VENUES

CLIFTON HILL: Council Street Studio, 3 Council Street, Clifton Hill – 10 minute walk from Clifton Hill Railway Station or 86 tram VIEW MAP

KEW (THURSDAY): Preshil, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School, Blackbox Theatre, Senior Campus 26 Sackville st Kew. VIEW MAP

Teacher

Paul O’Leary (Monday class)

Sian Johnson (Thursday class)

Dates and times

Term 4, 2016

TERM 4, 2016

Monday at Clifton Hill

Monday 3 October – Monday 21 November

Time 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Plus Extra Rehearsals and performances at:

Blackbox Theatre
26 Sackville Street Kew

Rehearsals:
Monday 28 November 5pm – 9pm
Thursday 1 December 5.15pm – 7.15pm – Dress Rehearsal
Friday 2 December – 5pm – 6.30pm – Final Run Through

Dinner Break from 6.30 – 7.15pm

Shows:
Friday 2 December 7.30pm
Saturday 3 December at 7.30pm
  

Thursday at Kew

Thursday 6 October – Thursday 1 December (Dress Rehearsal)

Time: 5.15pm – 7.15pm

Plus Extra Rehearsals and performances at same venue

Rehearsals:
Monday 28 November 5pm – 9pm
Thursday 1 December 5.15pm – 7.15pm – Dress Rehearsal
Friday 2 December – 5pm – 6.30pm – Final Run Through

Dinner Break from 6.30 – 7.15pm

Shows:
Friday 2 December 7.30pm
Saturday 3 December at 7.30pm

Fees

Term 4, 2016

TERM 4, 2016

Monday at Clifton Hill

Total Fee: $495.00 inc GST (based on $21 per hour for teaching and rehearsal times, and small fee for teacher to watch students in break time)
 
 

Thursdays at Kew

Total Fee: $497.00 inc GST (based on $21 per hour for teaching and rehearsal times, and small fee for teacher to watch students in break time)

Dates and times

Term 1, 2017

TERM 1, 2017

Monday at Clifton Hill

Monday 30 January – Monday 27 March
(no class on Monday 13 March, public holiday)

Time 5.30pm – 7.30pm

 
Thursday at Kew

Thursday 2 February – Thursday 30 March

Time: 5.15pm – 7.15pm

Fees

Term 1, 2017

TERM 1, 2017

Monday at Clifton Hill

Total Fee: $336 inc GST (based on $21 per hour @ 2 hours per week for 8 weeks)
 

Thursdays at Kew

Total fee: $378 inc GST (based on $21 per hour @ 2 hours per week for 9 weeks)

Bookings

Online via the Bookings page. When we have received your booking, we will get back to you with payment details.

Terms and conditions

NB: We are able to pro-rata fees for students who are new to the school itself. If a new student commences after the start of the term, a pro-rata fee will be issued. Once fees are paid, there are no refunds regardless of the circumstances. We cannot hold a place in the class without full payment in advance of the term, and spaces are limited.