Drama for Grades 5-6, Parramatta

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, 2020: Think quick!

Fearless, fun and fast- paced, improvisation is a fabulously fun performance skill and a fundamental actor’s tool. It can also be the scariest thing you ever do on stage! Learn improvisation techniques to entertain an audience without a script in sight. Develop your confidence and spontaneity to give you the creative edge.

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, 2020: Radio Revival

Step back in time to the golden age of radio when voice alone created worlds filled with intrique, mystery and drama. Work with a NIDA voice expert to develop skills in your role as a radio actor. Working with your ensemble, produce your own radio drama. This course includes a session on voice-over work.

Course components

  • Vocal Expression: Learn how the voice works and develop vocal confidence in a live performance setting.
  • Characters: Experiment with vocal and physical expression to create an original character.
  • Performance : Apply acting, voice and movement practice to a short scripted presentation.

Term 3, 2020: Only 5 minutes until…

What if there was only 5 minutes until the portal back to your world closed forever? Or till your house was swallowed by a sinkhole? Or your boat went over the enormous waterfall? What would you do? Learn how to devise high stakes scenarios as you race against the clock to save yourself and keep your audience on the edge of their seats.

Course components

  • Physical Awareness: Take command of your physical presence on stage. Practice movement and performance skills through physical exercises and training.
  • Creative Expression: Participate in fun and engaging performance exercises, learn how to develop and share your original ideas with others.
  • Collaboration: Incorporate and develop shared ideas into a presentation.

Term 4, 2020: Script Savvy

Acting, movement and vocal skills combine as you explore short scenes and monologues, especially selected for your age group. Develop skills to read, analyse and interpret scripts effectively. Learn how to audition for the theatre. Create a short showcase of scripted work to present to your NIDA 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.
  • Performance: Apply acting, voice and movement practice to a short scripted, live presentation.
  • 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.
$295 Limited inc GST
Drama for Grades 5-6, Parramatta

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