Teen Drama: ROMEO & JULIET

Teen Drama: ROMEO & JULIET


“Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene…”

Join us in Term 2 2019 (Thursdays 6-7pm) for a production of the greatest love story ever told, ROMEO AND JULIET. Taught by playwright/director Kirsty Budding, this new adaptation is abridged for teen performers while retaining the most beautiful parts of Shakespeare’s original lines. This course is ideal for teen performers (13-18) who want a real dramatic challenge.

There are a great range of roles in ROMEO & JULIET and all performers in the course receive a character role and lines.

Term 2 class dates 2019 (classes run Thursdays Weeks 1-8 of school term 2)

  • 2 May: Orientation & Audition.

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

  • 9 May: Read through with cast

  • 16 May: Rehearsal and direction

  • 23 May: Rehearsal and direction

  • 30 May: Rehearsal and direction

  • 6 June: Rehearsal and direction

  • 13 June: Rehearsal and direction

  • 20 June: Full run of show. EXTENDED 1 hour 30 min CLASS.

  • Sunday 23 June: Show time: 5.30pm – The Great Gatsby (arrive 4pm for rehearsal) Venue: Belconnen Theatre. FREE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE with 140 seats available for family, friends and the general public.

Prerequisite: students enrolling in this course must be committed to learning lines outside of class. Some of the roles involve extensive lines and emotional range.

2019 FEES: $275 per term

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

Students and parents will receive audition prep instructions after enrolment so that they can prepare for the first class.


“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 two teenagers have been participating in Budding Theatre courses and shows for the past year and have enjoyed every moment. They have learned much about theatre and the experience has only strengthened their love of this art form. Kirsty Budding is an inspiring and empowering teacher! - Kirsty Hollow, Wanniassa

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 Kelly, age 14

Budding Theatre is a fantastic company that offers so many wonderful opportunities to youth and adults. My first production with BT was Little Women, and it was an amazing opportunity and taught me many things. - Ella Buckley, age 16

I have learned so much from everyone, in particular Kirsty Budding. If you are interested in a career in the performing arts or you are even just looking for something fun to over the holidays I definitely recommend either auditioning for one of the upcoming productions, or getting involved in the drama classes. - Elliot Cleaves, age 17

Tutor: 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) and is currently working on a new collection of monologues.