Drama for Grades Prep-2, Melbourne

Children must be enrolled in full time formal education to participate in these classes.

Develop confidence, communication, critical and creative thinking skills through fun, practical drama classes.

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. Children must be enrolled in full time formal education to participate in these courses.

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: Star to Star

The galaxy is filled with trillions of stars and endless possibilities of lifeforms. Who lives on these stars? What do they do all day and how do they communicate? Ignite your imagination as you improvise your way through the galaxy, creating colourful characters and worlds.

Course components

  • Freeing the Imagination: Participate in fun and engaging exercises that promote spontaneity, creative expression and self-confidence.
  • Storytelling: Explore stories, ideas and adventures through group and individual improvisation.
  • Physical Expression: Participate in exercises that promote expressive movement, physical command and spatial awareness.

Term 2, 2020: Sensational Sounds & Wondrous Wishes

If you can keep a secret you are invited to explore a world filled with hidden cubby houses, wonderful wishes, magical spells and BFF pacts. Find your voice as you discover the secret sounds, rhythms and rhymes that guard these mysterious worlds. Work with your NIDA friends to develop your own secret language.

Course components

  • Vocal Expression: Participate in fun and engaging exercises and activities that promote vocal expressiveness and confidence.
  • Collaboration: Engage with and develop the ideas of others in your class.
  • Performance Skill: Experiment with voice and movement choices as part of a short, live presentation.

Term 3, 2020: Choose your own Adventure

The words and pictures of your favourite storybook have vanished! How will we know if the hero saves the day? Share ideas and work together with your NIDA friends to devise a unique adventure to fill those empty pages and play out your story on stage.

Course components

  • Creative Voice: Participate in fun and engaging exercises to develop new ideas and learn how to share these ideas with others.
  • Collaboration: Engage with and develop the ideas of other students in your class.
  • Performance: Work with a NIDA tutor and classmates to build a creative idea into a short, devised presentation.

Term 4, 2020: Help … I’ve got Imaginitis!

Beware – Imaginitis is contagious! What would you do if you caught it? Based on the much loved Nick Bland childrens story, When Henry Caught Imaginitis, create your own character, rehearse scenes and craft your own story filled with fun and a healthy does of imaginitis. Share your scenes with your NIDA friends at the end of the course.

Course components

  • The Written Word: Learn how to turn a story into live performance.
  • Stage Craft: Practice live performance skills; speaking in front of an audience, basic stage craft, audience and performance etiquette.
  • Performance: Rehearse and present a short live performance.

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 a 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.

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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