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    Hi all, happy new year

    We plan on moving over to Adelaide in July/August once we have sold our house, and thought I'd see if anyone knows of any good drama and dance schools for my 2 daughters, they're both involved in these groups here in the uk, actually my eldest (14) is at a drama theatre school and would love to carry on once we have set foot in SA.

    If anyone can advise or recommend with web sites that would be really appreciated

    Gary

     

     

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    My daughter is very into drama and singing and is a member of the Australian Girls' Choir, mentioned by Lou above. It is a really professionally run organisation focussing on dance and singing. She also is a member of the Tea Tree Players, a local am dram group that does stuff during the year and a panto, and every year takes part in the music theatre camp run by Pelican Productions in Adelaide which is also fantastic and well worth looking at for your daughters. Many schools also offer performing arts specialisms - I know of Charles Campbell and Golden Grove on this side of town.

     

    Here's some links:

     

    http://www.teatreeplayers.com/

    http://www.pelicanproductions.com.au/

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    At the risk of offending you -I have no idea whether your girls are way too good for these but!- the local high school (Aberfoyle Park High School) has a great drama and dance department. I found a list (doesn't include APHS), might help you :

    http://www.sa.gov.au/subject/Education%2C+skills+and+learning/Schools/Curriculum+and+learning/Programs+and+extra-curricular+activities/Specialised+courses+and+programs#Performing%20

     

    I know the Helen O'Grady drama school meets at the high school but, of course, they are an after-school/ weekend thing. I believe there are another couple in the area but can't think of them atm, sorry.

     

    When you get here, you could pop into the local library (at the Hub) and ask or have a look at the leaflets they have there.

    :cool:

    LC

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    Guest Jennet
    Hi all, happy new year

    We plan on moving over to Adelaide in July/August once we have sold our house, and thought I'd see if anyone knows of any good drama and dance schools for my 2 daughters, they're both involved in these groups here in the uk, actually my eldest (14) is at a drama theatre school and would love to carry on once we have set foot in SA.

    If anyone can advise or recommend with web sites that would be really appreciated

    Gary

     

     

     

    I am here: http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=52.624737,-1.218925

     

    hi

    Blimey your story is so much like mine, we will be booking flights shortly for July/August and i am looking at schools that specialize in performing arts, my daughter does all of this and goes to stage coach, does theatre performances etc. i suppose it depends where you plan on living but i have found that most travel a distance to school especially specialist schools.

     

    jennet

     

     

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    There are no real drama or theatre schools here, as such - even the performing arts specialism schools are much more broadrange, with music (instrumental) often being a bigger focus than drama and stuff. My daughter used to do something similar to Stagecoach (Theatretrain) in the UK before we came out here (drama, singing and dance) and to tell the truth we found it really hard to find anything similar when we got to Adelaide - we had a couple of bad experiences with places that looked good, but turned out anything but, and finally settled on the AGC as an extra curricular activity, and have been really happy with that in terms of challenge and opportunities, as well as her school having Theatre Arts and Drama as subjects, and plenty of choirs/ensembles and a bi-annual school musical performance.

     

    A friend's son is a very talented actor, but although he had an agent in Adelaide, most of the opportunities that arose required him to go to Melbourne or the East Coast, where they have now moved. A couple of my daughter's choir friends have gone on to a Performing Arts school in Melbourne as their further education choice. So it looks like Adelaide is a bit of a backwater I'm afraid (although we do very well in terms of providing X-Factor winners!!)

     

    The Pelican thing is a really interesting experience and I'm sure your daughters would really enjoy that - also the tutors on that are all professionals and Adelaide being Adelaide, building contacts in this field is as important as anything else. Kids even come from interstate to attend this and make fantastic friends there. There is also the State Theatre Company of SA which seems to be quite active, but not sure if there is great demand for younger actors in that.

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    There are no real drama or theatre schools here, as such - even the performing arts specialism schools are much more broadrange, with music (instrumental) often being a bigger focus than drama and stuff. My daughter used to do something similar to Stagecoach (Theatretrain) in the UK before we came out here (drama, singing and dance) and to tell the truth we found it really hard to find anything similar when we got to Adelaide - we had a couple of bad experiences with places that looked good, but turned out anything but, and finally settled on the AGC as an extra curricular activity, and have been really happy with that in terms of challenge and opportunities, as well as her school having Theatre Arts and Drama as subjects, and plenty of choirs/ensembles and a bi-annual school musical performance.

     

    A friend's son is a very talented actor, but although he had an agent in Adelaide, most of the opportunities that arose required him to go to Melbourne or the East Coast, where they have now moved. A couple of my daughter's choir friends have gone on to a Performing Arts school in Melbourne as their further education choice. So it looks like Adelaide is a bit of a backwater I'm afraid (although we do very well in terms of providing X-Factor winners!!)

     

    The Pelican thing is a really interesting experience and I'm sure your daughters would really enjoy that - also the tutors on that are all professionals and Adelaide being Adelaide, building contacts in this field is as important as anything else. Kids even come from interstate to attend this and make fantastic friends there. There is also the State Theatre Company of SA which seems to be quite active, but not sure if there is great demand for younger actors in that.

     

     

    thanks for that, just been looking at Golden Grove school do you anything about that, their performance curriculum sounds quite good

     

    cheers jennet

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    Know quite a few people that go there on the general admission - I will ask them what the performing arts programme is like. I know they share facilities with Gleeson and Pedare (private schools) and I know Pedare has an impressive theatre on site so would think they are pretty good - but as I say, will have to check. I think Stevo's kids went there so might be worth a PM to him (Lynsteve is his user name)

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    Know quite a few people that go there on the general admission - I will ask them what the performing arts programme is like. I know they share facilities with Gleeson and Pedare (private schools) and I know Pedare has an impressive theatre on site so would think they are pretty good - but as I say, will have to check. I think Stevo's kids went there so might be worth a PM to him (Lynsteve is his user name)

     

     

    cheers much appreciated

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