Adelaide Festival Centre Program for 8 – 16 year olds

Adelaide Festival Centre Program for 8 – 16 year olds

After an incredibly successful launch for On Stage as part of the 2016 summer school holiday program, Adelaide Festival Centre is once again throwing its doors open to present a two week initiative of performing arts workshops and masterclasses for children aged 8 – 16 in the October school holidays. 

The program will feature one-day workshops and three-day masterclasses in theatre, dance, vocal and music.  This allows participants the option to choose to do just the one day focusing on their favourite genre or sign up for a number of workshops and truly immerse themselves in the program. The masterclasses are in groups separated by age: 8 – 11 years and 12-16 years.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier says “We’re delighted to again present our On Stage program for young people, as one of our priorities at the Adelaide Festival Centre is to encourage the next generation of performing artists.  The participants are in for a real treat. Emma Staltari, our Program Director, has put together some great workshops led by some of the best creatives in the industry.”

Program Director Emma Staltari added “On Stage encompasses a creative and exciting atmosphere where students are enabled to express their creativity whilst improving their confidence and skills in dance, drama, theatre and music in a very exciting program educated by industry professionals – amazing fun!’

Combining many genres of dance, including ballet jazz, hip hop and creative movement, students taking the dance workshop will learn to use dance as a creative means of self-expression – developing their coordination and understanding of dance concepts and terminology.  Renowned dancer and choreographer Larissa McGowan is the tutor for this workshop and will be sharing her extensive knowledge and skills.

The theatre workshop will be tutored by Sean Riley, South Australia’s leading theatre maker for young people.  This course will teach stage craft, moment to moment spontaneity and a specific approach to researching and rehearsing a contemporary scene and monologue.  Through self-discovery, students will train in exercises to develop concentration, imagination and life observation.  Improvisations will encourage physical freedom and a sense of truth.

Well known actor and singer Catherine Campbell will tutor the Vocal workshop.  Participants will learn the basics of good, healthy singing technique, vocal anatomy, proper breathing and balanced tone, as well as vocal registers and vocal health.

The Music program will be tutored by Adam Page, multi instrumentalist, composer and music educator.  Combining principles that inspire, excite and motivate students to remember, understand and love music, participants are asked to bring their own instruments to this workshop where they will play along with original songs, rounds, folk, pop, jazz and multi-cultural repertoire.  Incorporating movement, actions and hand signs.

The Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation will once again fund four On Stage Participants as part of the Participant Sponsorship program to make sure disadvantaged children from all backgrounds are given the opportunity to explore the arts.  Four One Day introductory sessions will be offered in either Dance, Theatre, Vocal or Music. See website for more details.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn vital skills in the performing arts – while having an enormous amount of fun!

For the On Stage Program no experience is necessary and no auditions are required.  First in, best dressed, so be quick since our summer holiday program sold out fast.

Venues:                     Adelaide Festival Centre /  Her Majesty’s Theatre

Date:                         Tuesday 4 October – Thursday 13 October

Time:                         8.45am – 4pm each day

Prices:                       $70 per child for each 1 day workshop, $200 per child for each 3 day masterclass.


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Bookings:                  BASS 131 246 or;


Photographer: Kelly Carpenter.