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, 2018: Detention

What, I can’t leave!? That’s right, the horrible course manager Mr Frostybottom has decided that the whole drama class cannot leave the building for the next 8 weeks. Explore different aspects of your character each week as you improvise your way through a variety of acting tasks and high-drama tribulations – this could be the best detention yet!

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 exercises.
  • Ensemble: Work as part of a team to achieve a shared goal through improvised performance.

Term 2, 2018: Jibber Jabber

Beware the Jabberwock, my son! This term turns your focus to physical theatre and choral voice work as we explore the rhythms and rhymes of spooky poems such as Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. Bring all the ridiculous and wonderful creatures to life.

Course components

  • Vocal Expression: Learn how the voice works and develop vocal confidence in a live performance setting.
  • Collaboration: Incorporate and develop shared ideas into a live presentation.
  • Performance Skill: Experiment with specific voice and accent choices to influence character and performance.

Term 3, 2018: Roll for the galaxy

Build your own space travelling machine, roll the dice and see where the powers of chance take you on your epic intergalactic adventure. Enjoy eight weeks group devising different intergalactic adventures with the very fun element of chance.

Course components

  • Physical Awareness: Take command of your physical presence on stage. Practice movement and performance skills through physical games, exercises and training.
  • Characters: Experiment with vocal and physical expression to create an original character.
  • Creative Expression: Participate in fun and engaging performance exercises, learn how to develop and share your original ideas with others.

Term 4, 2018: I am, You are…

How are we portrayed to the world? Explore how Australian playwrights have depicted the young people of this country over the years though plays such as Two Weeks with the Queen by Mary Morris or The Small Poppies by David Holman. Work on scenes from some of your favourite Australian plays then develop an original story inspired by these texts. Celebrate Australian literature with NIDA.

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.
  • 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!

  • 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.
$285 $256.50 Limited inc GST
Drama for Grades 5-6, Parramatta

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