Look for us in the Educational Lift out - Bendigo Weekly

A fantastic resource for parents and teachers is the Bendigo Weekly Educational Weekly

Props Theatre is a progressive drama education program based right here in Bendigo with two studios – View Street and Crook Street. Props Theatre offers after school classes for students aged 5 – 16 years. “The confidence we see grow in the students as they work with us is inspiring as all the students have such different interests and backgrounds. Not all students want to be actors when they grow up but they love the creativity of making stories, finding and training their voices and meeting friends from other schools.” Alise, Company Director and Teacher.

 

Props Theatre offers improvisation, short and long scripts, team building for the stage with an appreciation of theatre as students experience on stage roles and an understanding of backstage work. “We work on acting skills only because we have outstanding school productions and other companies in Bendigo doing musicals so we wanted to tailor our learning towards what the students who can’t sing, dance, or want to grow the other skills involved in musicals. We also bring in industry professionals for photography, videography and the technical aspects of our end of year shows. This is all to give students industry relevant experiences and to celebrate all the creative work, from various fields, that go into producing theatre.”

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Celebrating the Creatives behind the Performances

Props Theatre performs twice a year - With our next In Studio Performance approaching for our Bendigo and Mildura Studio in June 2019. Our mid year performance is about the students gaining confidence in front of an audience but also an understanding of the small factors that create a professional performance.

The importance of rehearing so everyone feels included, prepared and ready to grace the stage.

The understanding that everyone has nerves and that it is with our support that some students have the courage to step on stage for the first time, second time or eighth time - each time should be celebrated.

The professional elements of waiting politely, dressing the part in drama black, being a good audience member, supporting those who are on and off stage, respecting props and property and being grateful to parents and teachers for the opportunity to have acting classes and a chance to perform.

In 2018 Alise made the choice to have Justin&Jim Photography follow her and her team about the Capital Theatre to best celebrate the creatives behind the action on stage. The directors, sound and lighting designers, backstage hands, stage managers and technicians that keep the show running and safe for the actors. The photos we got were inspiring for the students who adore the stage but don’t always want to be out the front or under the lights. The story they told were of the craft of what makes a performance.

Our performances are only possible due to our hard working team of creatives and the collaboration of many minds working towards the main goal of a great show celebrating all aspects of theatre.

Backstage Episode 3

We have students ranging from 6 months to 10 years in the program. Each student learns each year and develops the skills they need to create confidence in the world around them.

Some come for the fresh friend base, the acting skills, the plays, the speech skills and all come knowing what it means to be committed to a passion.

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Levels in the classroom

All actors need a foundation in how to use the space around them and how the stage is used to relate to the audience watching. Levels is the basic skill of creating a picture for the audience to direct their attention to a point in the story, character development or to present an ensemble group as individuals within the same context. All actors should be seen, “no blocking” and present their own reaction for the audience to relate too.

Backstage

Launching our new video blog, web series and behind the scenes footage!

BACKSTAGE will feature interviews, insider tricks and tips and educational segments to inspire everyone to appreciate the art of drama and understand the many facets of what makes it work.

BACKSTAGE is Props Students interviewing other students to get some camera experience, interviewing techniques and sharing their drama knowledge and passion with the bigger world.

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Acting Workshops - OzLinkTalent

It is amazing who Alise gets at the end of her phone and Amanda was a welcome surprise! 

Now with Props Theatre support OzLinkTalent Agency is coming to Bendigo for 1 big day of Auditions and Acting & Singing Workshops. Saturday July 18th is one for the family schedule.

The auditions are presented as a group setting with 10 participants (and their parents) in the room for the process. "I am always hearing about how fun our process is and especially the parents like to be the observers and see the preparation, performance and feedback for each individual child." 

As a bonus - Props Theatre students get a discount! So for $20 for a 1.30 - 2.30 pm workshop  - Acting with the second workshop on singing to follow you can grab both sessions for $40! 

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Term 3 - Lets start with a song!

Term 3 for our Props Theatre families all over Bendigo and Mildura kick off this Monday with many an eager face at our doors. 

I always hear from the kids the joy of holidays. The time spent doing what they want to do, or family trips so time spent with their parents, siblings and extended family. Then I see the relief of the parent's faces when they drop their treasured offspring off at school on the first day back. We all love the holidays as a chance to do something different, challenge yourself to the project you have been putting off or relax and chill with the family - everyone has their own aspirations for this time in their lives. So well done to the parents, carers and family who have made something of this time for the little ones in our lives.

The days are long but the years are quick. 

Our Tuesday, View Street Studio, classes are in for a treat for their Week One classes being invited to see Arena Theatre Company Production of ROBOT SONG - Engine Room on the 17th of July. 

All 60 of our Tuesday students will enjoy the 55 minute production, written for 9 - 12 years old but relevant to all and have the honour of a Q & A with actors and director afterwards for an exclusive look behind the scenes of this great piece of original work. Props Theatre encourages and supports original work (as we are all original work too) in regional areas so a partnership with Area Theatre is a match made in heaven. A fantastic way to kick our Term 3 off - With a Song!

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