Drama for Grades 5-6, Melbourne

Practical skill-based learning in the performing arts led by industry experts with a focus on personal and creative development.

Learning framework

Each term we focus on a specific area of performance practice to ensure students have a varied experience and learn a range of essential creative skills.

Students are able to join us at the start of any term during the year.

NIDA Open Drama courses are designed across a four term structure within the following learning framework:

Term one Improvisation and Performance Craft
Term two Voice and Movement
Term three Devising and Contemporary Performance
Term four Script Work and Staging

Term 1, 2019: New World

On the edge of the Universe is the start of a whole new life. Imagine you were suddenly transported to a different galaxy where everything you knew was questioned and the rules of life as you knew it just didn’t exist! Using improvisation and acting technique, develop characters and scenarios to turn this whole new world into a living reality. Create a short improvisation-based presentation for family and friends.

Course components

  • Craft: Participate in improvised scene work to develop basic acting and improvisation technique.
  • Freeing the Imagination: Engage your imagination and develop lateral thinking skills through spontaneity and improvisation exercise.
  • Ensemble: Work as part of a team to achieve a shared goal through improvised performance.

Term 2, 2019: Poetry in Motion

Put words in motion as we explore the rhythm, movement and sounds of scripts, poetry and song. Move your body to the rhythm of the words and create a movement, script and voice presentation for family and friends.This course includes a session developing skills with Shakespearean scripts!

Course components

  • Vocal Expression: Learn how the voice works and develop vocal confidence in a live performance setting.
  • Performance Skill: Experiment with specific voice and accent choices to influence character and performance.
  • Iambic Pentameter: explore the use of Iambic Pentameter.

Term 3, 2019: Keepsake

What is your most favourite possession in the whole world and how far would you go to save it? Working with visual storytelling techniques including physical theatre, create a short devised presentation inspired by the beautiful tale of The Treasure Box by Margaret Wild. Present your work for family and friends at the end of the course.

Course components

  • Physical Awareness: Take command of your physical presence on stage. Practice movement and performance skills through physical games, exercises and training.
  • Creative Expression: Participate in fun and engaging performance exercises, learn how to develop and share your original ideas with others.
  • Puppetry: Discover and practice puppetry techniques towards a live presentation.

Term 4, 2019: Right on Cue

Stand by to take your acting skills to the next level. Participate in a mock audition and learn fundamental stage craft and acting techniques. Apply these skills in the performance of a short scripted live presentation for family and friends at the end of the course.

Course components

  • Text Analysis: Interpret and bring to life a short written text for live performance.
  • Stage Craft: Consider the elements that contribute to the physical realization of a performance.
  • Auditions: Participate in a mock audition, develop confidence sharing your work with others.

Important information

  • Please read our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.
  • Flights and Accommodation: From time to time we may need to cancel an advertised course. Before booking flights and accommodation for travel to attend a NIDA Open course, please contact the NIDA Open office to confirm if your course will proceed as planned. NIDA does not accept liability for any associated costs of attendance or cancellation.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in for all drama and performance related courses. Clothing that restricts movement is inappropriate.
  • Please wear closed-in shoes. Shoes may be removed in the rehearsal room on the direction of the class tutor.
  • Please bring along a pen, notebook and bottle of water to all classes.
  • If you are running late to collect your child, please call NIDA reception on 02 9697 7600. NIDA will only provide supervision during advertised course times.
  • NIDA staff will supervise students in courses for Grades 3 to 10 during breaks. These students will not be permitted to leave the advertised venue without parental permission.
  • Students in courses for Grades 11 and 12 will not be supervised during breaks and are free to leave the venue at designated break times should they wish.

Enrol for the full year in advance to receive a 15% discount off the full price!

  • Discount is only applicable when booking all four terms within the same calendar year.
  • Discount is not available online. Please book over the phone by calling the office on 1300 450 417 to receive the discount.
  • If students do not attend all four terms, the discount is no longer valid.
$290 Limited inc GST
Drama for Grades 5-6, Melbourne

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