Kids Drama: ALADDIN

Kids Drama: ALADDIN


Join us in Term 2 2019 (Sundays 5-6pm) for a fantastic production of the classic Arabian tale, ALADDIN! Designed by playwright Kirsty Budding and taught by professional actor Robert Shiells with stage management from Caitlin Addinell, this course is ideal for young performers ages 5-12 who wish to challenge themselves, develop confidence, learn lines and have an amazing time developing a production of Aladdin for family and friends.

There are a great range of roles for both boys and girls in ALADDIN and all performers in the course receive a character role and lines. This is a play adaptation but will include some musical components. All Budding Theatre term classes end with a free public performance as part of Showcase Day. This term’s performance will be on Sunday 23 June in the 140-seat Belconnen Theatre.

In this eight week drama course for children, students will:

  • audition for roles in ALADDIN (an amazing range of roles)

  • learn lines for their roles and line-learning strategies (which also helps with reading skills and vocabulary!)

  • be directed and learn performance skills including use of stage space, expression, gesture, vocal projection, timing and characterisation.

  • perform in front of a large audience

Term 2 class dates 2019 (Sundays 5-6pm, Weeks 1-8 of school term 2)

  • Sunday 5 May: Orientation & Audition.

  • Between Class 1 & 2, parents receive script and role for child via email.

  • Sunday 12 May: Read through with cast, goal-setting

  • Sunday 19 May: Rehearsal and direction

  • Sunday 26 May: Rehearsal and direction

  • Sunday 2 June: Rehearsal and direction

  • Sunday 9 June: Rehearsal and direction Off script

  • Sunday 16 June: Full run of show

  • Sunday 23 June: Final dress rehearsal and FREE public performance in the 140 seat Belconnen Theatre! Show time: (arrive 1.45pm for rehearsal) . FREE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE with 140 seats available for family, friends and the general public.

Frequently Asked Questions

Upon enrolment, all performers receive a monologue to learn (this is sent to parent/guaridan via email). There is also a short version for very young or new performers. All performers will perform the same monologue at the first class after engaging in drama games and orientation activities to build confidence. This is designed to be a fun, supportive and stress-free introduction to auditioning and acting, with all performers guaranteed a speaking role in the production.

Roles and scripts are emailed to parents/guardians between the Week 1 and Week 2 class. This is because the script is tailored to the strengths of the group as seen in the audition. Parents/guardians print the script and help their child highlight their lines, then performers arrive to the Week 2 class with their scripts excited and ready to rehearse.

Playing Field Studio, corner of Barry Drive & Kingsley St, Acton.
Enter via Canberra Dance Theatre.

This course is suitable for beginners and more experienced performers. There will be a range of roles with various levels of challenge catering to individual performers.

Performers must be fully committed to learning their lines at home.


“My daughter attended the Peter Pan drama class in Term 3 of 2018 and she thoroughly enjoyed herself. Highly recommend Budding theatre programs.” - Cindy, Oxley

Although my son has always loved drama he has sometimes been a bit blasé about rehearsals. However, he now counts down the days until the next rehearsal for A Christmas Carol. Thank you! - James, Watson

“My daughter has had a great time performing and participating in classes with Budding Theatre. She gets along well with the other kids and it's a comfortable inclusive atmosphere.” - Ainslie, Wanniassa

“We have found Budding Theatre to be very professional, uses excellent communication methods, produces theatre productions of a high quality that the kids love performing in!” - Sarah, Macgregor

My child really enjoyed her very first experience in drama and looked forward to it every week. - Megan, Curtin

“I have been performing with Budding Theatre for 4 years this year and I love it so much. When I started I had little to no performance experience and was very shy. I have now developed my skills and made friends I’ll have for a long time.” - Breanna, Macgregor

Lead Tutor: Robert Shiells is a Canberra-based actor and a regular lead performer with Budding Theatre. He holds an Advanced Diploma of Performance and a Diploma of Musical Theatre (CADA). He recently participated in the ARTS Showcase in LA where he performed in front of agents and was awarded a scholarship to the New York Film Academy where he will head in 2020. Rob has a wealth of experience as an actor and drama tutor and is looking forward to working with talented young performers at Budding Theatre.

Playwright & Course Coordinator: Kirsty Budding BA DipEd MSt (ANU). Originally from the UK, Kirsty performed widely in theatre before moving to Australia and developing a career in theatre and education. She has been shortlisted for the Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwright’s Award (2008) and has won the Canberra New Playwright’s Award (2008); the Canberra Area Theatre Award for Best Original Work (2014); the Short+Sweet Festival Best Script Award (2016); the Screencraft Short Screenplay Contest, Los Angeles (Finalist 2017); and the ACT Writing and Publishing Award for Fiction (2018) for her debut book, Paper Cuts: Comedic and Satirical Monologues for Audition or Performance.

Assistant Tutor and Stage Manager: Caitlin Addinell. Caitlin is a regular face in Budding Theatre shows, having performed in The Night Before Christmas (2016), The Christmas Channel (2017), Paper Cuts Youth, Little Women, Feminist Theatre Festival, Miracle on 34th Street and Xxxmas Plays (2018). When not onstage, Caitlin enjoys working behind the scenes and has directed an adaption of Medea, as well as stage-managed multiple kids and teens shows for Budding Theatre.

Assistant Tutor: Kiara Papasidero. Kiara has recently completed her Diploma of Entertainment Management in Sydney . She has been involved in productions such as Oliver, participated in many Eisteddfods , and has also stage-managed live music events at JMC Academy. After many years of training classical Piano, Kiara now enjoys performing contemporary music in her band, and teaching music to children.

All Budding Theatre tutors hold a Working With Vulnerable People card.