Stage School2018-09-22T14:42:35+00:00

Stage School, in association with KickstArt Theatre

“The professional, creative, yet compassionate way you run classes is unparalleled.  Children come to you with hopes and dreams and you give them a platform to pursue a career in the performing arts. Durban Actors Studio surpasses expectations and it is exciting to be a part of your studio.  As parents, our investment in terms of money and time is yielding great returns and I feel we have invested in a solid, professional, excellent business. “

Young people join Durban Actors Studio for a multitude of reasons; from life skills to stage skills and everything in between. That is why we offer such a diverse programme schedule.

Higher levels of commitment, dedication and time are required when working towards a production or examination and we cannot expect all students to meet the demands of a production or examination schedule. So, for students aged 9 t0 17, who want a chance to stand in the spotlight and have their talent assessed to international standards; we run the Durban Actors Studio Stage School, previously known as the Tier 2 and 3 Youth Theatre Project.

Stage School is an annual rehearsal (Production Track) and technique (Examination Track) based training programme via which students can enter internationally certified “London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art” (LAMDA) Performance examinations and/or work towards performing top musical and drama productions. Stage School students also receive VIP access to observe the KickstArt,  KZN’s top professional theatre company, rehearsal and performance process.

Classes take place throughout the year (except during school holidays) and full attendance is expected due to the production and/or examination goal. We understand academic performance is vitally important for all so we stage our semester shows after exam season to ensure late nights do not impact with study time (and beauty sleep). We also want to say performing arts training does increase academic performance (proven via studies in the USA) plus it’s always a good idea to give the analytical brain a rest, at least for a couple of hours a week – so attending Stage School, even during exam time is good for the body, the soul, the brain, oh and the show!

Students can join the”Production Track” or “Examination Track” or, for a total experience, join both, read below to find out more.

Information

If your child is taking speech and drama lessons and the theatre bug has taken hold, chances are they want more…AND that “more” is normally a production, AND that is where our “Stage School” Production Track comes in.

Stage School Production Track is about building Young Performers who have a passion for performance and want to create performance ready material they can share with others. It’s about bringing young people together from different walks and stages of life with one common goal, a performance, the opportunity to entertain, connect and engage with an audience.

The Stage School Production Track is designed around our renowned and ever-popular Production Programme. This form of training imparts theatrical skills via rehearsal based technique. The year is broken down into 2 semesters, semester 1 will see students working towards a June/July in-studio musical; such as Annie, Honk, High School Musical etc. Semester 2 is when creativity runs free, and our Sage School kids work together to devise their own original in studio production, which is staged at the end of November, after school exams.

During our time together we will work on a range of performance skills from acting, to song, to dance. We will show your child how you bring all these skills together into one cohesive character and one well-rounded professional youth production.

Stage School Production Track is designed for ages 9 to 17.

Class Day/Time and Fees

Class Day/Time

  • Saturdays 9am to 12pm
  • Classes take place once a week during the school term

Fees 

  • R3900/semester (2x semesters per year)

Fees can be paid per semester or per term.

FAQs

  • You do not need to audition to join Stage School.
  • You will be required to audition for roles in the various productions we stage.
  • By joining Stage School you will take any role assigned, our performers understand there are no small parts, only small actors.
  • You will be expected to learn lines outside of class.
  • We do apply all terms and conditions (T&Cs) of training.
  • Please ensure you have read and understood the T&Cs before you register for this programme.

Information

Stage School Examination Track is your chance to be recognised for extramural commitment to arts development. Not only will you receive training aligned to world-class standards but on successful completion of the exams you will get an internationally certified report, issued by LAMDA one of the UK’s top and longest running drama schools, which can be added to your academic portfolio AND given to your school to ensure you don’t miss out on the recognition you deserve. Also, we are proud to say, quite a few local Durban schools now recognise the LAMDA Advanced examinations as part of the qualification criteria for their Drama Honours.

The key word for Stage School Examination Track is “technique”.  We create a “thinking” performer – a young person who makes qualified and educated decisions regarding their character, the scene and the overall performance objective.  During our time together we will work on solo, duo and ensemble work, scene study, character analysis, and age-specific theatre arts and skills.

Durban Actors Studio is the top LAMDA performance training facility in KZN; boasting 100% pass rate, with the majority of students achieving a distinction pass.  It’s a no-brainer to make LAMDA a dedicated Examination Track for our Stage School!

The Exam Track is divided into 3 age-specific learning groups: Level 1 ages 9 to 12, Level 2 ages 13 to 15 and Level 3 ages 16 to 17.

Class Day/Time and Fees

Class Day/Time

  • Level 1 Mondays 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Level 2 Mondays 4:45 pm  to 5:45 pm
  • Level 3 Tuesdays 4:45 pm  to 5:45 pm
  • Classes take place once a week during a school term

Fees 

  • Level 1 R 5580 per year
  • Level 2 R 5800 per year
  • Level 3 R 6000 per year

Fees can be paid annually, per semester or per term but, due to the end of year examination component, this will be an annual time and financial commitment.

FAQs

  • You do not need to audition to join Stage School.
  • You will be expected to research and work on your examination pieces outside of class.
  • LAMDA exams are built on “guided” learning hours AND self-study
  • We do apply all terms and conditions (T&Cs) of training.
  • Please ensure you have read and understood the T&Cs before you register for this programme.

Information

Get the best of both worlds and sign up for the Examination and Production Track at a discounted rate

Class Day/Time and Fees

Class Day/Time

  • 2019 info to be loaded soon

Fees 

  • 2019 info to be loaded soon

FAQs

  • You do not need to audition to join Stage School.
  • You will be expected to research and work on your examination pieces outside of class.
  • You will be required to audition for roles in the various productions we stage.
  • Student prep for LAMDA exams is based on “guided” learning hours AND self-study.
  • By joining Stage School you will take any role assigned, our performers understand there are no small parts, only small actors.
  • You will be expected to learn lines outside of class.
  • We do apply all terms and conditions (T&Cs) of training.
  • Please ensure you have read and understood the T&Cs before you register for this programme.

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About KickstArt

The company was formed in 2000 by Artistic Director, Greg King, and since the inaugural production of Ben Elton’s PopcornKickstArt has been entertaining ever-increasing audiences, while providing essential project-based employment for talented Durban actors.

In 2003, Greg was joined by Steven Stead as Executive Director, and together they have worked to develop the company’s output and status. They successfully ran the intimate Kwasuka Theatre for three years, and have moved on to collaborations with larger theatres such as the KZN Playhouse, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, and the Liberty Theatre on the Square in Johannesburg.

They have also formed a very strong relationship with celebrated South African impresario, Pieter Toerien, who has co-produced several of KickstArt’s recent successes on tour in Johannesburg at his Montecasino Theatre, and in Cape Town at his Theatre on the Bay. For more info visit ww.kickstart.co.za.