NIDA Drama for Grades 3-6, Melbourne

Drama for Grades 3-6, 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, 2022: The stories I could tell…

Create improvised stories and unlock your imagination as you discover the world around you from a whole new perspective. Develop skills in acting, spontaneity and storytelling through improvisation and off the cuff scene work. Stage your short improvised scenes for family and friends at the end of term.

Course components

  • Craft: Participate in improvised scene work to develop basic acting technique.
  • Freeing the Imagination: Develop new stories, ideas and adventures through improvisational exercises and techniques.
  • Ensemble: Work as part of a team to achieve a shared goal through performance.

Term 2, 2022: Art Smart

Travel through ages of art to create original soundscapes, character and movement performances. Be inspired by artworks to create pictures in motion and develop your physical and vocal dexterity for live performance. Create a short presentation inspired by artistic greats and share it with family and friends at the end of term.

Course components

  • Vocal Expression: Learn how the voice works and develop vocal confidence in a live performance setting.
  • Physical Awareness: Take command of your physical presence on stage. Practice movement and performance skills through physical games, exercises and training.
  • Performance: Apply acting, voice and movement practice to a short group presentation.

Term 3, 2022: The Imagination Emporium

Inspired by Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing, create your own mystery tour and work together to find your way back home. Devise original characters and scenes using contemporary storytelling techniques and discover the excitement of an unexpected journey. Present your work in a short performance at the end of term.

Course components

  • Creative Expression: Participate in fun and engaging performance exercises and share your original ideas with others.
  • Characters: Experiment with vocal and physical expression to create an original character.
  • Collaboration: Incorporate and develop shared ideas into a live presentation.

Term 4, 2022: Backstory Bandits

Have you ever wondered what Ms Trunchbull, Lord Farquaad or the Evil Queen were like before they played the baddies? Find the good in your favourite wicked antagonists as you explore how to analyse and interpret scripts and create detailed character profiles. Rehearse scenes and bring your chosen characters to life as you reveal the whole story to your family and friends in a short presentation.

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 realisation of a performance.
  • Performance: Apply acting, voice and movement practice to a short scripted, live presentation.

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.

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