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, 2019: The Thinks You Can Do

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!" Inspired by the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss, create classroom adventures and madcap characters using improvisation technique and your own fabulous imagination. Share your ‘thinks’ with your family and friends at the end of term.

Course components

  • Freeing the Imagination: Participate in fun and engaging exercises and activities that promote spontaneity, creative expression and self-confidence.
  • Technique: Introduction to improvisation concepts.
  • Characters: Experiment with vocal and physical expression to create an original character.

Term 2, 2019: Sounds of Imagination

Join your NIDA friends on a journey to discover the rhythms, sounds and characters that create the extraordinary music of everyday life. Peek into the colourful world of Alison Lesters beloved story books, including Imagine and The Magic Beach as you use your voice and body to create soundscapes and movement stories from your favourite pages. Develop your own real life adventures and wondrous imaginings with your NIDA tutor to create a fun, short, live presentation.

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, 2019: Opposite Day

What if you woke up one day and up was down and stop was go? What if fish flew and birds swam? What if night was day and red was blue? What if all day long things were mixed up? Welcome to Opposite Day. Devise original upside down stories with your NIDA friends and present them at the end of term. (Caution this term could be crazy!)

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, 2019: Land of the Giants

Use your vocal, physical and acting skills to create Giant Tales inspired by famous giants such as Roald Dahl’s BFG or the giant at the top of Jack’s beanstalk. Create your own character, rehearse scenes and present a mini showcase for your friends and family.

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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