Join us in Term 1 2019 for a magical production of the classic CINDERELLA! Taught by playwright/director Kirsty Budding who writes unique scripts for every course, with support from bubbly assistant tutors, 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 Cinderella for family and friends.

There are a great range of roles for both boys and girls in CINDERELLA and all performers in the course receive a character role and lines. This is a play adaptation but will include some musical components.

Term 1 class dates 2019 (classes run Sundays 5-6pm, Weeks 1-9 of school term 1)

  • Sunday 10 February: Orientation & Audition.

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

  • Sunday 17 February: Read through with cast

  • Sunday 24 February: Rehearsal and direction

  • Sunday 3 March: Rehearsal and direction

  • Sunday 10 March: Rehearsal and direction

  • Sunday 17 March: Rehearsal and direction

  • Sunday 24 March: Full run of show Off script

  • Sunday 31 March: Dress rehearsal

  • Sunday 7 April: Dress rehearsal and FREE public performance!
    ARRIVE 3pm and SHOW OPENS 4pm at the 140 seat BELCONNEN THEATRE

    HOW DOES THE AUDITION WORK? Upon enrolment, all performers receive a monologue to learn. 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. We stress the importance of each and every role in the play, with the script tailored to the performers in the group, working to the strengths and levels of each performer. Roles and scripts are emailed to parents/guardians between the Week 1 and Week 2 class, and performers arrive to the Week 2 class with their scripts excited and ready to rehearse.

    2019 FEES: $275 per term

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

Prerequisite: students enrolling in this course must be committed to learning lines outside of class. This course is suitable for beginners & more experienced young performers.

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

  • audition for roles in CINDERELLA (an amazing range of great roles for boys and girls! E.g. Cinderella, Wicked stepmother, four kind mice, hungry cat, Prince Charming, Palace Announcer, Cinderella’s Father, Ball Guests, Fairy Godmother, narrator).

  • 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.

  • The course will end with a free public performance for family and friends.

This course is recommended for young drama students who wish to perform in a play in which they have a named role and lines. The text used will be an original adaptation of CINDERELLA specifically abridged for this age group and adapted by the tutor for the students in the course, aiming to challenge each student and encourage all students to increase their acting skills and confidence (and have fun!). Students and parents will receive audition prep instructions after enrolment so that they can prepare for the first class.


“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

Tutor: Kirsty Budding BA DipEd MSt (ANU). Kirsty lives and works in Canberra as a theatre producer and teacher. 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); and the Short+Sweet Festival Best Script Award (2016). More recently, Kirsty was a semi-finalist in the 2017 ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Contest, Los Angeles. Kirsty’s playwriting appears in The Voices Project: Encore Edition (2015) published by Currency Press, Sydney and her anthology of monologues Paper Cuts: Comedic and Satirical Monologues for Audition or Performance (2017) is published by Blemish Books, Canberra. Kirsty has produced and directed a range of youth and adult productions (most recently in 2018 Little Women, Miracle on 34th St, Peter Pan, The Importance of Being Earnest) and is currently working on a new collection of monologues for children and teens to be published in Australia and the US in 2019.