Drama for Grades 7-10, Belrose

Practical, skill-based learning led by industry experts across a range of performing arts disciplines. NIDA courses for grade 7-10 students are designed to support and inspire young people at any stage of their 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, 2020: Off the Cuff

Get ready to take your improvisation and creative skills to the next level! Learn fundamental short and long form improvisation skills then showcase your skills in an entirely made up, off the cuff, seat of your pants performance at the end of the term. Know nothing, risk everything and learn how to be at your best in every moment.

Course components

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

Term 2, 2020: Tell Me A Story

Great actors are great storytellers. Explore NIDA voice and movement training and apply technique to monologues and scenes to create truthful and engaging characters for the stage. Tell your character’s tale to an invited audience at the end of term.

Course components

  • Voice: Introduction to how the voice works, exploration of fundamental vocal performance techniques.
  • Language and text: Using punctuation, meter, rhythm and rhyme, analyse and explore written text in live performance.
  • Performance Skill: Experiment with specific voice and movement choices to influence character and performance.

Term 3, 2020: …and they all lived happily ever after?

Delve into the dark world of fairy tales and explore what really happens between the pages as you devise original fairytales with a twist. Can virtuous heroes co-exist with wickedly evil villians? And is happily ever after a possibility? Only you can decide your characters' fate.

Course components

  • Characters: Experiment with vocal and physical expression to create an original character.
  • Creative Voice: Assume a variety of roles in a creative development process to generate new ideas for a presentation.
  • Collaboration: Work with a group to develop a new concept into a short presentation

Term 4, 2020: On Scene

An actor, a stage and an audience is all you need to create an engaging performance. Work on scenes and monologues, practice acting technique and learn how to hold your audience till the very last word. Participate in a mock audition and showcase your skills to your NIDA friends at the end of the course.

Course components

  • Text analysis: Interpret and bring to life through the application of acting technique a short written text for live performance.
  • Performance: Apply acting, voice and movement practice to a short scripted, live presentation.
  • Auditions: Participate in a mock audition, develop confidence performing under assessment.

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.
$380 Limited inc GST
Drama for Grades 7-10, Belrose

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