Kids Drama: The Nativity (ages 4-9)
Kids Drama: The Nativity (ages 4-9)
CLASSES 2.30-3.30PM Sunday afternoons in Term 4! (See dates below) Course starts Sun Oct 27.
ALL COURSES END IN A FREE THEATRE PRODUCTION IN A 150 SEAT THEATRE VENUE! IN TERM 4, THE FINAL KIDS SHOWS ARE SUNDAY 15 DEC, BELCONNEN THEATRE.
All Budding Theatre production courses begin with an ‘AUDITION’ but don’t worry, it’s a fun, supportive and encouraging atmosphere and every performer receives a speaking role! The aim of Budding Theatre productions is to build confidence and self-esteem and develop in performers a love of being on stage! This course is recommended for: young performers up to age 9 who would like lead roles; & performers ages 4-5 who would like their first theatre experience!. Parents/guardians are encouraged to support their child to prepare their audition by reading in lines to help. For additional tips, read Kirsty’s Audition Tips for Young Performers.
Remember performing the nativity in primary school, angel tinsel on head?! This course will be cuteness overload as young performers take on the iconic Christmas Nativity story – an original adaptation by Kirsty Budding written in a funny style to engage young performers (Three Wise Men: Google Maps not working; too stubborn to ask directions…) while integrating traditional carols and capturing the original meaning of the Nativity. This course is for ages 4-9, making it possible for children as young as four to have their first theatre experience, while young performers up to age nine are the ‘big kids’, taking lead roles and enjoying a challenge! Roles include Angel Gabriel, Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Three Wise Men, Inn Keeper, King Herod and more…
Term Kids Class Dates 2019: Sundays 2.30-3.30pm at Playing Field Studio, 2 Kingsley St, Acton
Sunday 27 October (week 2 of school term): Orientation and Audition
Sunday 3 November (week 3 of school term): Reading & blocking
Sunday 10 November (week 4 of school term): Rehearsal
Sunday 17 November (week 5 of school term): Rehearsal
Sunday 24 November (week 6 of school term): Rehearsal
Sunday 1 December (week 7 of school term): Rehearsal
Sunday 8 December (week 8 of school term): Rehearsal
Sunday 15 December (Week 9 of school term): Dress Rehearsal at 9am & FREE show in the 150 seat Belconnen Theatre at 10am. Please see Student Showcase Day schedule here.
Classes Venue: Playing Field Studio, corner of Barry Drive & Kingsley St, Acton. Enter via Canberra Dance Theatre.
“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
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. Thank you! - James, Watson
Lead Tutor/Director: Rob Shiells. Rob 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 has taught a range of programs with Budding Theatre including the Greatest Showman Parody Holiday Program and term classes Aladdin, Peter Pan, Beauty & the Beast and Hercules & the Greek Gods.
Playwright/Coordinator: Kirsty Budding BA DipEd MSt (ANU). Company director Kirsty Budding writes all the scripts for Budding Theatre classes. Originally from the UK, Kirsty performed widely in theatre before moving to Australia and developing a career in theatre and education. Kirsty recently won the ACT Writing and Publishing Award for Fiction (2018) for her debut book, Paper Cuts: Comedic and Satirical Monologues for Audition or Performance and has directed a range of youth and adult productions (most recently Little Women, Miracle on 34th St, Romeo & Juliet, Pride & Prejudice). She is always excited to write custom plays for young performers.