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Wow we have come full circle to the end of another year and it’s time to celebrate with our 2018 full school production with 250 cast! This year see’s us performing Singin In The Rain Jr. with our musical theatre students, and the original concept ballet ‘The Painter’.
Each year The Theatre Factory puts together a full school musical and ballet production. All of our students are encouraged to audition for speaking roles and lead roles in preparation for the show which gives them the experience in an audition process. This year, our youngest auditionee was just 5 years old!
Each year the format of our productions is a performance in 2 halves.
The first half is a story ballet, the second half is our musical.
For 2018 our Ballet, The Painter, is inspired by a painting of a picnic in a park set between the banks of a river and a sunny street cafe. The musical production for 2018 is Singin’ in the Rain Jr.
All ballet, contemporary, Dance Start and acro students are included in The Painter, our story ballet.
All jazz, tap and hip hop students are included in the musical.
Both the ballet and the musical will be presented 4 times across the weekend of 17 and 18 November, 2018 at the Star Theatre at Peel St, Manly.
Performance 1 and 2
Saturday 17th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Performance 3 and 4
Sunday 18th at 1:00pm and 6:00pm
So you’ve met the children, but have you met the staff? It’s time to meet our newest Hip Hop teacher Miss Winnie!
So, tell us what you teach: I teach Hip Hop!
How long have you been with The Theatre Factory? I have only been with TTF for around 3 months and so far am loving the students and staff.
How did you come to be an arts teacher? Following my passion of being a dancer I originally started out with jazz and eventually was captured by hip hop in high school leading me to compete with various crews! Juggling being a dancer and working full time as an admin worker really made me realise how much I wanted and NEEDED to fulfil my passion and do what I love to earn a living which was to just dance and what better way to do that than to choreograph, share and teach other dancers.
Do you have a favourite class to teach? I love all the kids I teach as they all bring different dynamics to every class, but I would have to say my favourite class to teach is the first class I started teaching here at TTF – which is my Thursday kids! They are so sweet and because I’ve been with them the longest I’ve had time to build a relationship with each and everyone of them!
What do you do when you’re not teaching? When I am not teaching I am eating and watching Netflix lol.
Can you tell us some completely untheatre related facts about yourself? My real name is actually Juanita (Wa-nee-ta). I go by Winnie because it’s easier to pronounce and just a nickname most people know me by!
Thanks Miss Winnie! Stay tuned for more “Meet the Teachers” coming your way soon!
New Drama Teacher and New Drama Opportunities for Students!!
The Theatre Factory is excited to welcome new drama teacher Caitlin Wood to our family. Caitlin majored in drama at university and has experience working with students from Prep right through to Senior School. She loves teaching drama and has worked with both individuals and groups to help students build their confidence, engage their imaginations, and develop their communication skills. She has successfully prepared students for Trinity College of London Speech and Drama exams and we are excited to announce that The Theatre Factory will now be offering private drama tuition for students who would like to build their drama skills. Private solo or paired lessons will give students the opportunity for more focussed character work and provide more performance opportunities. Caitlin can’t wait to start working with The Theatre Factory students to help them prepare pieces for a Trinity Exam. She will also be available to help students develop monologues, poetry and prose pieces for both the Wynnum and Beenleigh Eisteddfods. What’s more, these private lessons can be adapted to cater for each individual’s interests and needs.
If you’ve got questions, we’re more than happy to discuss our new program with you. Simply give us a call or send us an email.
Break a leg!!
So you’ve met the children, but have you met the staff? It’s time to meet our newest Drama Teacher Miss Caitlin!
So, tell us what you teach: I teach drama. At the moment I take the Prep, Year One, and Year Two classes on Saturday mornings at The Theatre Factory.
How long have you been with The Theatre Factory? This is my first year at The Theatre Factory. I’ve been teaching students elsewhere for a while, and I’m excited to now be helping The Theatre Factory kids build their confidence and develop their understanding of both the world and their relationships within it.
How did you come to be an arts teacher? I majored in drama and publishing at QUT as part of my Bachelor of Creative Industries and I’m really into narrative and storytelling. I also run my own business as an editor and a dramaturg – helping playwrights get the most out of their scripts. When a contact at QUT approached me about teaching, I jumped at the chance to get into the classroom.
Do you have a favourite class to teach? It changes all the time. I love working with older students who are starting to think critically about the world – working with them can be really stimulating. I also adore the openness and enthusiasm of younger students. The littlies are so responsive and they really throw themselves into everything. That kind of joy can be hard to beat.
What do you do when you’re not teaching? As I said, I run my own business as a writer, editor and dramaturg. I really love picking apart language and helping authors and playwrights connect with their audiences. I can also be a bit of a grammar pedant.
Can you tell us some completely untheatre related facts about yourself? I don’t have children of my own, but I definitely have a baby: my dog Harper. She’s a kelpie so she has a lot of energy – most afternoons, you’ll find us down at the dog park. I’m also something of a foodie – I can’t keep up with all the new food fads, but I do love spending time in the kitchen.
Thanks Miss Caitlin! Stay tuned for more “Meet the Teachers” coming your way soon!