Young Kids

GRADES: K-1
COST: $215
DATES: Term 1 2024 begins the week of Monday 29 January
DURATION: 10 weeks
TIMES: Mondays (4-5pm), Wednesdays (4-5pm), OR Saturdays (9-10am)
LOCATION: Arts and Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Road Parramatta

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Course overview:

This 10-week course for kids aged 5-7 and is all about fun and exploration and is designed to nurture, not tamper with their already vivid and colourful imaginations. Through a range of practical exercises, improvisation and play, students will learn to create stories with their voices and bodies and in doing so, will explore different world and characters.

The course will culminate in an end-of-year showcase for family and friends.

Students will be lead by energetic and passionate teachers whose first goal is to create a supportive, fun and dynamic learning environment. Students will be encouraged to be free, playful and thoughtful actors and each class is designed to awaken students to the power of their own voices and bodies.

Here’s a summary of the exciting adventures planned for each week. Please note, there may be some variation to this program depending on class numbers, skill level and learning needs.

Weeks 1-2: Theatrical Warm-ups and Icebreakers

  • Interactive Warm-up Games: Set the stage for laughter and collaboration with engaging games that boost energy and teamwork.
  • Icebreaker Activities: Facilitate introductions and create a supportive environment for the young actors to connect.

Weeks 3-4: Storytelling Through Movement

  • Creative Movement Sessions: Explore how bodies can tell stories through expressive movements and dance.
  • Story Circle: Encourage children to share their favorite stories and discuss the characters they find fascinating.

Weeks 5-6: Becoming Characters

  • Introduction to Character Play: Dive into the world of characters through imaginative play and storytelling.
  • Role-Playing: Introduce basic acting techniques as children embody different characters, fostering creativity and self-expression.

Weeks 7-8: Crafting Mini Scenes

  • Group Scene Creation: Collaborate on creating short scenes, allowing kids to work together in building narratives.
  • Prop Exploration: Introduce props to enhance storytelling and encourage the use of creativity in scene creation.

Weeks 9-10: Showcasing Talents

  • Mini Performances: Provide each child with the opportunity to showcase a short scene or story they’ve developed during the term.
  • Celebration and Certificates: Celebrate the end of the term with a small gathering, recognising each child’s achievements with Certificates of Participation.

Throughout the Term:

  • Positive Reinforcement: Foster a positive and encouraging environment, emphasising effort and creativity.
  • Weekly Reflections: Take a few minutes at the end of each class for children to share their favorite activities and what they’ve learned.

This 10-week Young Kids Acting Class Term is not just about acting skills; it’s a holistic journey that nurtures creativity, self-confidence, and teamwork. Join us for an unforgettable experience where your child can explore the magic of storytelling and discover the joy of the stage!

Course Outcomes:

  • Unlock imagination and creativity
  • Improve peer interaction and collaboration
  • Express emotions through the voice and body
  • Develop character-building skills

Note: PAC recognises the varying levels of experience amongst its students and so our teachers, at all times, will adjust their classes to accomodate to all levels.

Benefits:

By the end of this course, whether they’re aware of it or not, students will have built up lifelong skills that will seep into their everyday lives. They will:

  • Deliver more confident speeches and class presentations at school.
  • Become better listeners.
  • Become more open to, and tolerant of differing views.
  • Become acutely aware of their breathing and emotions.
  • Develop a more positive self-image.
  • Work with peers to problem-solve.
  • Become more comfortable with self-evaluation and constructive feedback.

Important information:

  • Please read our Centre Policies.
  • Please wear comfortable loose clothing and appropriate footwear.
  • All primary-aged students must be signed in and out by a parent or guardian at reception.
  • Should you be late in picking up your child, please call 1300 828 144.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are your classes organised?

We organise our Term classes into the following groupings:

Young Kids - Grades K-1

Kids - Grades 2-3

Pre-Teens - Grades 4-5

Teens - Grades 7-9

Senior Teens - Grades 10-12

You can enrol your child into either a weekday/weeknight or weekend session.

My child is mature for their age. Can they be enrolled in the Grade above?

We strongly encourage your child to enrol in their school grade level.

Should we find that your child is exceeding the expectations of the teacher and is clearly showing signs of advanced acting ability, then we will talk with you about moving them up a grade level.

My child has no acting experience. Are term classes suitable for them?

Absolutely. PAC welcomes students from all acting backgrounds; from those who have never acted before to those who are signed to agencies.

Our passionate and observant teachers ensure that every lesson caters to the needs of each individual student and closely monitors each student’s progress to make sure that they feel comfortable but also challenged.

Do you offer weekend classes?

Yes! PAC is proud to offer weekend classes. Visit the upcoming course schedule to learn more.

Do you offer free trial classes?

We offer Free Trial Classes at scheduled times throughout the year. Please see our Free Trial Class Page for upcoming dates.

For those who are unable to attend a trial class, we invite you to book and pay for the Term classes and should your child not enjoy the first lesson of the term (we’re pretty confident they will though!), then we will happily refund the full amount of the course if you've notified us within 24 hours.

I want to enrol more than one child. Do you offer a sibling discount?

Yes. PAC is proud to offer a 10% discount to the sibling of a full-paying student.

Does PAC offer payment plans?

PAC's policy is that full payment is to be made before the commencement of a course. We are happy, however, to discuss a payment plan with families who might be experiencing temporary financial hardship. 

Can I redeem my Creative Kids voucher at PAC?

Yes! PAC is a proud service provider of the NSW Government's Creative Kids voucher. This will give a parent $50 off the course fee. This is for use once a year for one child. For more information on how to redeem this voucher, visit the Service NSW website.

What should my child wear to class?

We encourage all students to wear loose and comfortable clothing to all lessons so as to free their ability to move and explore.

If your child does not have time to get changed from their school uniform for an after-school class, then we suggest the girls wear tights or leggings under their school dresses so as to not inhibit movement.

My child is running late to a class. What should I do?

In the event of running late to a class, please call the centre on 1300 828 144 and inform management. Alternatively, send an email to info@parramattaactorscentre.com.au

My child can’t make their allocated session. Can they make up their missed class in another session?

On the rare occasion that your child cannot make class one week, they can attend one of the other timeslots allocated for their age group (should there be another timeslot scheduled).

Can my child start your classes in the middle of a term?

In order to get the most out of the course, students are strongly encouraged to attend all 10 classes scheduled for the term.

For this reason, we do not take enrolments after the commencement of the first lesson.

Am I allowed into the studio with my child during a class?

Sometimes, having people in the room with them can make a child feel self-conscious. For this reason, we kindly ask that no parent or guardian be in the room with the teacher and students during a class. The exception is during the end of term open performance where parents and friends are invited to watch and support the students.

Do your teachers have Working With Children checks?

Absolutely. Your child's safety is our number one priority which is why we ensure that all of our teachers not only have WWC checks but that they have a combination of arts and education experience.

Can my child bring food and drink into the studio?

No. The only drink allowed into the studio is water.

Where do you run the acting classes?

Our classes are run out of the Arts and Cultural Exchange (ACE) in Parramatta.

The address is 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta. Corner of Victoria Road and Villiers Street.

If you're driving:

We recommend parking in the carpark of North Parramatta McDonalds next door and walking over.

If you're catching public transport:

ICE is a 15-20 minute walk from Parramatta train station. Walk all the way down Church Street until you hit Prince Alfred Park. Cross diagonally through the park and ICE will be on the corner across Victoria Road.

On the rare occasion that a class will be held elsewhere, parents will be notified in advance.

Will my child receive a certificate at the end of the term?

A student will receive a Certificate of Participation at the end of Term 2 and again at the end of Term 4.

This is our way of congratulating those students who have stuck with us over two or more terms, and invested time and energy into developing their acting skills.

What are your 2024 term dates?

Our Term classes run in line with school terms.

The Term dates for 2024 are as follows:

Term 1: Monday 29 January – Saturday 6 April 2024
Term 2: Monday 29 April – Saturday 6 July 2024
Term 3: Monday, 22 July – Saturday, 28 September 2024
Term 4: Monday 14 October – Saturday 21 December 2024

My child wants to turn acting into a career. Do you offer any industry advice?

Of course. Our co-founder, Nisrine Amine, is both an educator and working actor giving her plenty of insight into the acting industry.

Feel free to organise a meeting with her to chat about your child's needs.

Her email is nisrine@13.210.12.134.

Is PAC affiliated with any acting agencies?

Although PAC can suggest names of Sydney Acting Agencies to keen students, they are not affiliated with any of them.

Any advice or recommendations given by the team at PAC regarding acting agencies are personal opinions of the team members themselves.

While staff at PAC may pass on audition notices to actors, they in no way receive payment (monetary or otherwise) for doing so.