The Magic Wand Workshop

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

About the Course

The Joan Autumn Holiday Theatre Workshops (8 – 12 years)

This April’s Autumn School Holiday Workshops at The Joan provide specialised theatre making workshops for young performing artists around the Penrith region.

Date and Times

  • Monday, Apr 23 2018 9:00am
  • Tuesday, Apr 24 2018 9:00am


This April’s Autumn School Holiday Workshops at The Joan provide specialised theatre making workshops for young performing artists around the Penrith region. It’s an excellent opportunity for young artists to dive deep into their imaginations and explore new techniques in performing arts creation, as well as sharing the experiences with new friends in the April school holidays.

PROGRAM: The Magic Wand Workshop, Ages 8-12

Two day course, Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 April

Course Description:

Young artists aged 8-12 will be exploring two distinct facets of theatre each day:

  • Prop-Making Workshop with teaching artist Tania Rose: A practical, hands-on theatre workshop program which explores several processes of prop construction using templates to create stage elements used in performance. Participants will be encouraged to choose 1 or 2 props to construct applying practical construction techniques based on the materials and criteria provided. Activities will include creative discussion, examining challenges and time constraints, and the reasoning behind the practical application. Skills exploration includes problem solving processes, and manufacturing techniques.
  • Storytelling with Props Workshop with teaching artist Emilia Stubbs-Grigoriou, the young artists take the Prop-making ideas and items created and develop scenes and characters around using these properties. Working through improvisation and play building activities based around properties, they will also build on their theatrical skills by looking at the division of the stage in terms of storytelling, status and sight lines. The two days will wrap with a short presentation of their theatre creations for their peers and parents.

Fees: $120 for 2-day package

ScheduleMonday 23 and Tuesday 24 April

Each Day will consist of the following program, with different skills learned each day

9am – 9.30am                Registration

9.30am – 11am              Prop Making WorkshopPt 1

11am – 11.15am            Water Break

11.15am – 12.3opm       Prop Making WorkshopPt 2

12.30pm – 1pm              Lunch Break

1.15pm – 2.30pm           Storytelling with PropsPt 1

2.30pm – 2.45pm           Water Break

2.45pm – 4pm                Storytelling with Props, Pt 2 (presentation on Day 2 from 3.45pm)

4pm – 4.10pm                 Exit, Parents arrive and collect children 

Important Information

Who are the workshops for?

The Joan Holiday Theatre Workshops are for young artists aged 8 to 17 years who have some previous experience with theatre. Please take into consideration that the majority of students who attend these workshops have been participating in theatre or drama classes for at least one year.

Who will be teaching the workshops?

The Joan engages professional teaching artists with years of experience as practitioners and as teachers with a passion for teaching young people. Many have performed with professional and independent theatre companies across the state, the nation and internationally. Sharing their expertise and unique style, teachers along with our class assistants will provide support and guidance to all students.

What do I wear?

Wear casual theatre rehearsal wear, something that you already have and feel comfortable in eg. dance tights and top, leotard and tights with skirt or shorts over the top, or track pants and t-shirt/singlet top. Comfortable close-toed shoes are required.

What do I bring?
Please bring your own lunch, snacks and your own bottle of water. Students with any allergies should take appropriate precautions.

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