Kids Drama: Christmas Cinderella! (pantomime)

Kids Drama: Christmas Cinderella! (pantomime)


CLASSES 4.30-5.30PM Sunday late afternoons in Term 4! (See dates below)



“He’s behind you!”

“Oh, no he isn’t!”

“Oh, yes he is!”

What would Christmas be without a Christmas pantomime?! Young performers ages 6-12 are invited to join this magical and very funny CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME! Learn the art of panto while acting and singing in this classic story.

The 8-week course ends in a free public production at Belconnen Theatre on Sunday 15th December as part of Showcase Day. Get the family together and enjoy a Christmas comedy!

Term Kids Class Dates 2019: Sundays 4.30-5.30pm at Playing Field Studio, 2 Kingsley St, Acton

  • Sunday 27 October (week 2 of school term): Orientation and Audition
    A fun, supportive intro to auditioning! All performers will receive a speaking role in the production. Scripts+roles are emailed to parents in the following week to print & help their performer highlight their lines before Class 2 on Sun 3 Nov.

  • 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 1.30pm & FREE show in the 150 seat Belconnen Theatre at 3pm. Please see Student Showcase Day schedule here.

  • Prerequisite: students enrolling in this course must be committed to learning lines outside of class. This course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced performers. Shy? Don’t worry. Lots of actors are introverts. The class environment is relaxed, productive and fun with all supportive of each other’s development.

    2019 FEES: $275 per term

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

“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

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.

Visiting Tutor/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. Kirsty has directed a range of youth and adult productions (most recently Little Women, Miracle on 34th St, Romeo & Juliet, Pride & Prejudice) and is currently working on a new collection of monologues.

Assistant tutors: Bertram O’Brien and Lily Welling