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WAAPA Summer School fun for Kids and Teens

Monday, 05 December 2016


The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts opens its theatres and studios in December and January to present a host of exciting courses for children and young people.

WAAPA’s Summer School offers fun-filled courses providing intense, creative training for anyone in upper primary school and older. The courses build confidence, teamwork and self-esteem while developing the skills necessary to be a successful performer on the stage and screen. Choose a course that’s right for you!

Courses range from those dedicated to primary school age children (9 - 12) The WAAPAettes to middle school aged children (12 - 15) Shakespeare Intensive and The Total WAAPA Experience, to courses for teens (15 - 18) for Screen Acting 2 and Acting Up 2.

The WAAPAettes is three days of fun-filled drama activities for upper primary children, utilising games, improvisation, voice and movement with the children presenting a performance to family and friends at its conclusion. Acting Up 1 is a week-long introduction for the stage including the basic skills to develop your voice, body and imagination. The follow up Acting Up 2 expands on these skills, concentrating on the same techniques WAAPA’s full-time students develop to be confident performers, including voice, movement and the fundamentals of acting technique.

The Acting Boot Camp Intensive is a great workshop for young aspiring actors with some experience under their belt. Enjoy five days of extension activities in voice, movement, improvisation and scene study. A short presentation of your work will be performed for family and friends on the last day. The two Screen Acting programs introduce participants to the fundamentals of Screen Acting. Become familiar with performing on camera using scenes from your favourite Australian TV Series and create your very own television commercial.

For the “triple threat” performer in your home WAAPA is running a dedicated Music Theatre program. Three days of singing, dancing and acting, culminating in a mini-musical performance for friends and family to enjoy on the final day. Speaking of specialisation WAAPA is also running a Shakespeare Intensive. Three days of Magic, Mayhem and Murder! Discover ways to unlock Shakespeare’s words so you can speak them like they were your own. Learn how to perform some of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes and have a sword fight with Romeo. WAAPA Summer School is not just for the drama teens and queens in the family but the budding musician too. The Jazz Summer School (23 – 25 January, 2017) is three days of workshops run by WAAPA's high profile lecturers will teach students how to arrange songs, play improvised solos and learn the ins and outs of small jazz ensemble playing, culminating in a concert on the final day.

Finally there is The Total WAAPA Experience, after this behind the scenes experience, you won’t want to leave WAAPA! See where sets are constructed, lights and sound are operated and actors do their warm-up. Enjoy fun drama activities plus put together your very own sound and light production in one of WAAPA’s theatres.

Workshops run from Monday, 19 December 2016 until Wednesday, 25 January 2017. All workshops are run by professionally trained WAAPA staff. Early bird prices are available until 15 December, 2016 so book now!


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