Sometimes drama class isn’t the first thing parents think of when they’re looking for something to help their child’s development. But here are seven reasons why drama class is the best thing ever for childhood and teenage development.
#1 Drama helps kids make friends.
#2 Drama develops self-confidence
#3 Drama helps kids become more creative.
#4 Drama helps kids become more empathetic.
#5 Drama develops communication skills
#6 Drama builds team skills
#7 Drama creates precious memories
I’d say it’s time to enrol your child in drama classes, wouldn’t you?!
Do it today:
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Are you a musical theatre lover? Then you’ll want to check out the soundtracks for these Christmas musicals:
Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Based on the children’s book of the same name, this musical with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and score by Mel Marvin first opened in 1994 in Minneapolis in the US. It later transferred to Broadway and became the first musical to run 12 shows a week, pushing Schwartz’s Wicked off the charts as the top-grossing musical in December 2006.
Songs include: I Hate Christmas Eve, Whatchama Who, You’re A Mean One Mr Grinch, and Santa For A Day
Elf The Musical
Based on the film starring Will Ferrell, this is the story of a young orphan who as a child, crawls into Santa’s sack and is taken back to the North Pole. Santa raises him as an elf, until one day he sets off to New York City in search of his real dad. With script by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan, and a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, it’s a family favourite. Did you know that students from Perform Australia are performing ‘Elf The Musical Jr’ this December?
Songs include: Sparklejollytwinklejingley, I’ll Believe In You, World’s Greatest Dad
Nativity! The Musical
Written by Debbi Isitt and co-composed with Nicky Ager, Nativity! The Musical tells of teachers Mr Maddens and Mr Poppy staging a musical version of the Biblical Christmas story at St Bernadette’s Primary School. Things don’t flow as smoothly as they’d like! It opened in Birmingham, UK, in 2017, and has so far enjoyed three UK tours.
Songs include: Dear Father Christmas, Our School Nativity, Sparkle and Shine, She’s The Brightest Star.
Holiday Inn is a musical based on the 1942 movie of the same name. The musical premiered in Connecticut, US in 2014. The libretto was written by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. The main character Jim leaves show business to settle down at his farmhouse, but he finds he misses song and dance. He’s lucky to meet Linda, herself a talented performer, and together they turn the farmhouse into an inn with its own dazzling entertainment.
Songs include:White Christmas, Cheek to Cheek, Blue Skies, Steppin’ Out With My Baby.
Scrooge: The Musical
The book, music and lyrics of Scrooge: The Musical were written by noted musical theatre practitioner, Leslie Bricusse. Based on Charles Dickens’ original story, the musical was adapted from the screenplay of the 1970 film Scrooge starring Albert Finney. It came to the stage in 1992 and has experienced a number of revivals since that time.
Songs include: I Hate People, Sing A Christmas Carol, The Milk Of Human Kindness, The Minister’s Cat and I’ll Begin Again
Would YOU like to be in a musical? At Perform Australia, we have a number of opportunities based in Canberra:
As kids begin school and preschool, parents start to look around for after-school activities to enhance children's wellbeing. We love it when drama is top of the list! But sometimes parents are unsure about whether their little one is really ready for all that drama class involves. Here are some answers to common questions in relation to our wonderful Speech Bubbles program in Canberra or Brisbane.
Is my child ready for drama?
Speech Bubbles is definitely suitable for 5-6 year-olds, and also for some 4-year-olds, but not all 4-year-olds. Some 4-year-olds are very happy in drama class, while others are really too young to enjoy and appreciate the experience. If you have a four-year-old and you are wondering whether he/she is ready for drama class, consider the following:
No, unfortunately, your child needs to wait until age four to start a Speech Bubbles class in Canberra or Brisbane. We've designed the material so that it is suitable for children who have started or are almost about to start school. Under-4s generally have difficulty with some of the concepts we teach. Moreover, it is difficult for a teacher to juggle the needs of a three-year-old with those of a nearly-7-year-old in the same class; different approaches to drama teaching are required for each age group. It's advisable to wait till your child is a little older, when he/she will be able to fully participate in class.
If any of these situations sound familiar, we suggest you wait another 3-6 months before enrolling your 4-year-old. Between the ages of 4-5, children develop in leaps and bounds - so sometimes it's only a matter of waiting another term before your child is ready. Your child will enjoy drama class so much more when he/she is truly open to the experience!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us on 1300 908 905!
Here's a replay of advice we gave via Facebook live to our incoming Certificate IV in Musical Theatre applicants in October. Our next audition is on November 20 - so don't forget to apply and prepare! - details and registration here: Musical Theatre Certificate
NEXT CANBERRA AUDITION: NOVEMBER 20
Performing arts sounds fun, but it is a very challenging and tough career choice. Besides the hard work and years of practice, it requires determination and self-discipline. Some of us are passionate to become a performer while there are others who want to give it a go, have no idea what's really involved.
Worry not. We have a list of signs that suggest that you are born to be an artist, whether as an actor, singer, or any type of performer! YOU ARE JUST MEANT TO BE!
1. You are not afraid to express your emotions in public. Acting requires you to show anger, sadness, joy, contempt, and every other emotion. Can you do it without shame?
2. You've already been a part of your school, neighborhood or society's acting play - be it as a director, dancer or an actor. If you've already started reaching out to find your own opportunities, and have taken your first steps, and enjoyed it, then that's a good sign.
Know More: How To Become An Actor?
3. You enjoy the attention you get when on stage or screen. As a performer, you need to be able to handle people looking at you, without feeling embarrassed. Not to mention the fact that there's a real buzz when you connect with an audience, particularly in live theatre. In some sense, it's not just about you and your ego, though - it's about being part of a story, a big picture.
4. Audiences love to watch you! You are an entertainer at heart. You can make 'em laugh. Or you can make 'em cry!
5. You are fascinated by the idea of developing characters - characters who are unlike you. You resonate with their emotions and love to explore what it's like to walk around in other people's shoes.
6. You've always thought about taking up drama in school/college. Sometimes it takes aspiring performers awhile to take the plunge. It takes some courage to sign up to a class. But if you've given it some thought, then all that's needed is to enrol.
7. Lastly, you are keen to explore yourself. Acting requires you to be vulnerable, to explore a range of emotions, characters, ideas and ideologies. Every character you play will allow you to explore something new. All the stories you create in some sense become part of you. Although acting is not "therapy", it can be a path to personal growth as you empathise with so many different characters and points of view.
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