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Drama Workshops for Young Actors with SYTE at The Arts Centre

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Published October 19th 2014
Develop a strong sense of fun, confidence & spontaneity
Term 4 Drama Wrkshops with SYTEe
Learn ways of sword fighting in a low-risk environmen.

For any young actors or want-to-be-actors, the Southern Youth Theatre Ensemble (SYTE), is conducting Term Four Workshops at The Arts Centre, The Old Institute Building, 22 Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga South.

These workshops offer the participants opportunities for them to develop a strong sense of fun, confidence, spontaneity, listening, creativity, story and teamwork.

The Southern Youth Theatre Ensemble (SYTE) is a community-orientated group, based in the Noarlunga area, which has provided opportunities for over twenty-five years for young people to learn and express their creative expressive arts through theatre in a safe grounded environment.

Drama workshops for young actors with SYTE
beautiful song by our very talented Bess Simper-Brown as Lady Capulet

About three years ago the performance group, Little Fish, was formed out of the ensemble. It comprises of some of the finest and most dedicated young actors of SYTE. In early 2014, this talented and dedicated team presented Macbeth, its sixth Shakespearean performance as it continually delights and thrills audiences.

The Term Four Workshops:

Even though the workshops commenced on 15 October, new participants are welcome to join the workshops.

Workshops end on week ending 13 December, 2014.

Fees for Workshops are paid weekly.

Participants will be required to become members of the company at $4 per term to be covered by insurance.

All workshops are conducted at the Art's Centre, Port Noarlunga, where entry is via the rear door (opposite Beck's Bakery.

Participants need to wear move-able clothing, no skirts without leggings underneath please. As there are lots of physical games we want to make sure everyone has a full range of motion. Don't forget to bring your water bottle.

Bookings: Email:


SATURDAYS 10 am 11 am Ages 4 8 years $10/week

EARLY STEPS is where budding young actors have the opportunity to learn the first steps of creating a character and interpreting a story. Each week they will learn in a friendly and safe grounded environment how to bring our favourite storybooks to life!

"An emphasis will be paid to group work, exploring movement, storytelling, and most importantly fun! We'll be putting on a small-scale performance for parents and friends at the end of the term," said Russell Slater, Artistic Director.

" We give them a chance to slowly increase their exposure and confidence on stage. There are exercises where the kids write their own stories and perform them. It is great to see them gain confidence."

"It is not uncommon for some children to be nervous, but it is wonderful to see them gain some confidence. In the beginning, some children may be shy and find it hard to look above their naval, but we see changes. Although they may be a long way off stepping onto the stage, we do offer a safe space for children to work through the exercises. It may not be the aim of all parents to have their child become an actor, but they do wish to see them learn how to express themselves."

Drama workshops for young actors with SYTE
Forming friendships in a creative and supportive environment.

"One young girl found the safe space of theatre allowed her to write and prove her Dyslexia is not an absolute disability, and she showed she was able to work through it and express herself."

"Mind you, sometimes in the beginning, we only manage to get a grunt or a groan out of some kids. You know how kids can be," Russell says with knowing smile. "But for them to come up to me at the end of the course and thank me and say goodbye, it is wonderful to see such improvement in their self expression from working in a group environment."

SWORD PLAY with Mark and Phoebe

Wednesdays 5.00 pm 6.45 pm

Ages 13 $10 / week

SWORD PLAY is where you learn ways of sword fighting in a low-risk environment; small class size and safe stage weapons where kids can learn to maim and kill their fellow stage partners the friendly way! If you saw the recent Little Fish production of Macbeth and its very convincing fight scenes with various swords and spears, that was due to Mark's outstanding training of the cast members.

Drama workshops for young actors with SYTE
Fight scene from Macbeth

Russell said, "Mark played Macduff, and was also responsible for the complete fight co-ordination. He was trained before and helped in co-ordinating fight scenes, but Macbeth was the first time he took the reigns and put his stamp on it, which was a big play to start with and a superb debut ."

Mark has agreed to show us some of his moves, to be demonstrated to family and friends at the end of the term.

Drama workshops for young actors with SYTE
Learn how to demonstrate a full choreographed stage worthy combat scene.


Thursdays 6.00 pm 8.00 pm

Ages 8 16 $10 / week.

BREAKING THE STEREOTYPES looks at classic stereotypes; heroes, villains, wizards, dames, you name it, and taking them and turning them on their heads. We like to move from the classical two-dimensional villain to looking at other ways of playing him or her.

"For example, take your classic lover, how else do you play him or her? Well here is your big opportunity! You may consider a female hero who stands on her own feet, and doesn't need the good looking man to save her," says Group leader, Phoebe Shaw.

Drama workshops for young actors with SYTE
Scene from "The Taming of the Shrew."

"Over time the participants will work on developing a script and will take what they have learnt from rehearsed readings and present a scripted performance at the end of the school term!"

Russell said, "What we are really hoping to achieve is to keep developing and growing our student base and keep reaching out for more people to come in and join our little family."

"We really pride ourselves on delivering a lovely balance of theatre and education. We are very much a community focused support group offering a perfect environment for younger artistically inclined children to follow their skills and also develop some well knitted friendships and learning experiences, which will help them with their own depth of self and maturity."

Drama workshops for young actors with SYTE
Artistically inclined children can follow their skills and also develop some well knitted friendships.
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Why? These workshops offer young actors or want-to-be-actors opportunities for them to develop a strong sense of fun, confidence, spontaneity, listening, creativity, story and teamwork.
When: Check the article for details: From 15 Oct. - 13 December 2014.
Where: The Arts Centre, The Old Institute Building, 22 Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga South.
Cost: $10.00 per workshop lesson.
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