Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hello and Welcome to....

Week seven........ already. I just can't believe we are so close to our performance days.

Thank you all for really trying hard with your roles in the plays. At this time of the term it is all getting a little trying and tiring for everyone. So.... we all need to put in that little bit more effort and concentration to make our plays the most wonderful thing our parents, family and friends have seen.

Most of us have finished learning the lines and moves, now it is a matter of putting that little bit more acting into your character, having lovely loud, clear voices, (both speaking and singing) and adding that bit of sparkle and dazzle.

Dress rehearsal is only a couple of lessons away. Have you thought about what you will wear??? Lots of colour and sparkles will be great.

See you all at class

Remember keep smiling

Monday, November 7, 2011

It's Show Time

Dear Parents,

Its Show Time!

We are delighted to present our End of Year productions:

Circus Capers                                                                                                                                        
   Roslyn           - Monday December 12th - 4.15 pm
Musselburgh  - Tuesday December 6th - 4.00 pm             
The Gardens  - Friday December 9th - 4.30 pm

Pirate Joe
Invercargill     - Thursday December 8th - 4.00 pm
Green Island  - Thursday December 8th - 4.00 pm

Murder at Mornington Manor
Youth Theatre - Thursday December 8th - 7.30 pm

DRESS REHEARSAL TIME IS: Half an hour before the production for a final run through

Students please be there on time and in costume. We will perform for our parents and guests during the second half of the lesson

Its really important we support our class mates by attending and being on time.
Please dress in costume for the performance, it would be fantastic. However this is not compulsory, please do not go to a lot of expense.

As always, your co-operation at this time of year is much appreciated.

The students have worked incredibly hard to bring these performances together.

See you there

Monday, October 3, 2011

Week 10 - End of Term


This week is the last lesson of Term 3. Term 4 starts the same week as school.


As you know, our Academy year is divided into 4 terms. Terms 1, 2 & 3 concentrate on our extensive, developmental programme designed to help your child gain confidence and self esteem. Term 4 amalgamates the drama and life skills learned during the year into a finished product - the end of year play. This is a very exciting and rewarding time for the children as it gives them all an opportunity to be part of a very successful activity and to show you how they have progressed!

It is really important to make every effort to ensure that your child completes the year and gains the benefit of this unique experience. Children are encouraged to invite their family and friends to come and see the play and celebrate their achievement.

In Term 4, all students will be rehearsing for the end of year play.
Each student has been given a role in the play.

Very few students leave classes at this time of the year so we assume that your child will be continuing and playing a role in the play. Please let us know if this is not the case. To avoid clashes with school activities, the plays will be presented between December 6th and December 12th 2011 on the same day of the week you normally have class.
Please put this in your diary to ensure your child can attend and be part of the production.


Term 4 is an eight week term and the fee is reduced to $120. If you send your fees in with your child, please enclose in a sealed envelope, with your name and the amount clearly marked. Or payment can be made online to our account ASB 12-3150-0266940-00
An installment payment plan is available to help you spread the fee over the term. Please phone or email me if you wish to use the payment plan.


I look forward to seeing you all again and enjoying the fun of producing our play. 

Have a great break. See you next term

Monday, September 26, 2011

The craziness has ......

started. Yes now is the time for the hard work to begin for the end of year plays which will be performed between December 6 and 12 depending which studio you attend. Mark these dates on the callender now so we don't get any clashes. I would hate for you to put in so much hard work only not to be able to perform because of a clash with another activity.

This year we are going to be performing:
 "Pirate Joe" for the Green Island studio and I have seen some great pirate acting already.
"Circus Capers" for the Composite classes. You guys have started with a hiss and a roar so the standard is going to be very high.
"Murder at Mornington Manor" for the Youth class and thank you to those people who are joining Youth to help add a few more voices. I really appreciate the effort you are putting into being part of the play.

So now is the time to start thinking about how your character would behave, how would they look, how would they talk, what kind of clothing would they wear. How would they walk, would they old or young - lots of things to think about as well as remember moves, lines, songs and dances, but guess what?  ............

We are going to be having so much fun, I can't wait.

See you at class.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Almost time .....

to start work on our plays. I have been busy putting scripts together, working out dance steps, sorting music etc. It's getting really exciting. I am so looking forward to helping you learn your lines and put your characters together. Only one week to go...... Yeah.

So this week, we have to work hard on our speech, making sure all the exercises are in place before we begin any script work. Mime and movement this week will be about the 3 different panes of movement, we certainly be using those skills in our plays. Improvisation is about catching the wrong plane for our holiday - oh  no .. what shall we do ... only one thing for it -- practice using all our ad libbing skills to get us out of a tricky situation. Are you up for it??????? - Of course, I know you are.

By the way - what is your favourite Rugby World Cup team????   ---- Who is going to win??????

See you soon

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hello Spring

Isn't it great!!!!!

Sunshine, flowers, lambs, calves, doesn't it make you want to smile, laugh and jump for joy!!

Welcome to Week Six.

Well more miniscripts this week.  It is very good practice for learning our plays. We have to think about the type of character you are playing and making sure you stay in character all the way through, not just when you are saying your lines. Also let's try and learn the mini script off by heart, that way you can use heaps more acting to make your play come to life.
It's also a great way to help us to work with other people and respect what they have to say and do. Just remember to keep having fun.

Another Mime to Music this week. Remember we have been working on "wring and dab" and "press and flick", well this week we are going to put those skills together to become "grubby germs" lurking in the kitchen and find out what happens when they get cleaned.

See you at class

Monday, August 29, 2011

It's Week Five .........

and that means we are half way through the term already and that means ..... only 3 weeks until we start work on our end of year plays  Yeah !!!!!!

More about plays in the coming weeks, but there will be lots of singing and lots of colourful costumes, may be even some dancing.

Well the last couple of weeks we have been catching up with our inclass improvisations, The Thief and The Trial (because some classes were cancelled because of the snow)

What a great job you all did. It's hard to imagine what life was like way back in those horrible dark days when you could be sent to Australia because you were starving.

Important note: Although it makes a great play, it's still not okay to steal, even if it's something like a loaf of bread.
This week we are again working on Mini scripts and I am looking foward to all your great characterisations.

See you at class

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hello Week Three and ......It's Snowing

Hello everyone

Yes it's snowing, even here in Waikouaiti. Many of our schools in Dunedin are closed today because of snow and ice, therefore there will be no class at Wakari today. Very disappointing as our improv this week is "The Thief" I was looking foward to all the great ideas you were going to bring to class. So Wakari students next week we will put the two improvisations together - "The Thief" and "The Thief con't" and see what a great play we can make.
Now for the rest of the week, I will see what the weather is like each morning and if the class needs to be cancelled I will let you all know before lunch time.
Have fun in the snow and keep safe and warm.

Untill next time ..........

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hello Week Two

Hi every one, great to see you all back again this term.

Last week was a hoot. I was really impressed with your ad-libbing during our improvisation "Health and Safety". There was some great characterisation too. Well done.

This week we start our first mini-script - "Clear Up This Mess". The unusual thing about this script is that one person is going to be playing the part of a waste paper basket. I am already looking forward to how you are going to work on this one. Will it be funny, serious, weird, have a hidden message???

Remember to check with the Prop list posted last week for what you may need to bring to each class.

Have fun



Monday, August 1, 2011


Hello everyone.

I hope you have all managed to have a good rest over the holidays. What about the snow?? Exciting. We had lots of lovely white snow here  at Waikouaiti which was really amazing, it even snowed on the beach.

Well here we are ready to start Term 3. First of all I would like to thank you all for the really hard work you all put into our presentations last term. I was very proud of you all. 
This term we go back to the normal format,
Introduction activities, speech, mime and movement, and our improvisations although every now and again I will throw in some miniscripts just to keep you on your toes. 

We will be focusing on our ad libbing skills this term also, in preparation for our end of year play. 

As the school terms have been changed this year, we will begin work on the end of year play in week 7, so we have plenty of time to master it before the rush of term 4.

Below I have included the themes of each lesson improvisations, so if you want to dress up or bring props please do.

Have a great week

 Helen O’Grady Drama, TERM 3 Prop and Costume Suggestions:


 8th – 12th August              Miniscript: “Clear up this mess!”
                                                      Nothing required

 15th – 19th August            Class Improvisation: “Stop Thief”
                                           Bring any old fashioned workers’ or beggars’ clothes .

 22nd – 26th August             Class Improv: “The Trial”
This continues last week’s story with the trial
of the thief. You could be the judge, a lawyer,
a convict, a guard, or an onlooker in the court.

 29th Aug. – 2nd Sept          Miniscript: “The Latest Song”
                                            You’ll be a parent or a teen.
                                            Nothing required
 5th – 9th Sept                    Miniscript: “When I Grow Up”
Nothing required

12th – 16th Sept               Class Improv: “Oops! Wrong Plane!”
                                        You could be cabin crew or any type of traveler:                                          holidaymaker, business person, unaccompanied
                                         child etc. Bring small hand luggage.

19th – 23th Sept          Miniscript: “Mapreading”
                                      On a hike: Bring a small backpack

26th Sept. – 30th Sept  Miniscript: “The New Robot” If you can think of
                                     any simple robot accessories, bring them!
 3rd – 8th October       Class Improv: “The Audition”
                             If you like, come as a singer  or dancer (any style)!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Week 5 Already!!

Hello everyone. I cannot believe that we are half way through the term already. My appologies for not updating this site earlier.

A big welcome back to all my returning students. It's great to have you back and thank you for taking the time to help our new students.

A big welcome to all our new students this year.  It is wonderful to see so many new faces and I can already see a difference to your performances even though we are only 5 weeks into the school year.

I am very impressed with the way all of you are working together in speech, mime and movement and improvisations. Keep up all your hard work.

Well that's all for today.

Have a safe week.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Very Happy New Year

Hello Everyone

Congratulations to our students on their fantastic efforts at the year end shows, and thank you parents for your enthusiastic support and appreciation. We look forward to seeing all of our students back in class this coming term.


Please note we have had to make changes to a couple of our venues and start times for 2011. I hope this won't inconvenience anyone. Our classes will commence the week of February 7th and run for a 10 week term.

Monday: Wakari School Hall, Helensburgh Road 3.45 – 4.45 pm
(We unfortunately are unable to use the St Johns Church Hall this year. Class time has been moved back for those of you who may need more time to get to class.)
Tuesday: Musselburgh School Hall, Marlow Street 3.30 – 4.30 pm
Wednesday: Oamaru School Hall, Torridge Street 4.00 – 5.00 pm
Thursday: Green Island School Hall, Howden Street 3.30 – 4.30 pm
Invercargill - James Hargest Junior Campus 3.30 – 4.30 pm
Friday: DNI School Hall – The Gardens 4.00 – 5.00 pm

Youth Theatre: Thursday Evenings – 7.00 – 8.00 pm
New Venue St Clair Womens Hall – 47 Albert Street – St Clair (Last road on the right off Forbury Road, going towards the beach.)
Unfortunately, we are no longer able to use the Mary Hopewell Theatre, at the University. However, this new venue provides a great working space and a good stage.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday. See you all in February.

With kind regards

Helen Wilson