If you have a little actor or a musical diva at home, then it might be time to send them to a drama class. Here are some great ways to introduce your little thespian to the performing arts.
We love watching a flick with the kids every now and then, and we can’t get enough of the fabulous stage shows, productions and musicals in Singapore either. If you’ve ever considered getting the kiddos into the theatre, performing art programs in schools are the way to go. Or, you could send them to a drama and theatre class for kids in Singapore! We’ve rounded up some of the best schools to do so. Read on to find out!
The best drama and theatre classes for kids in Singapore
1. Centre Stage School of the Arts
With two locations, the main in Queenstown and a second in Siglap, this drama school helps kids from three and a half years up to eighteen, develop a love of the arts, through highly engaging and interactive classes. Creative Drama is at the heart and soul of Centre Stage – it is process-driven, rather than performance-based, drama – bringing to life situations, stories and characters by ‘playing out’ the narrative. Lessons are drawn from favourite books, poems, and stories. Classes are according to age (suitable for all children from the under-confident to the real drama enthusiast!). As self-confidence and passion build, these classes will also develop collaboration, communication, imagination, quick-thinking, self-expression, and many other socio-emotional skills. At age eight, students can audition to join fully-fledged performance courses – On Stage Acting & Musical Theatre – that train budding young performers for the stage, by rehearsing and producing shows. There are also creative play sessions for bubs from six months to three-years-old!
Where: Centre Stage School of the Arts, 15 Woking Road, Singapore 138694 (Queenstown) and 5000G Marine Parade Road, Singapore 449290 (Siglap)
Kids who are planning on joining the creative industry but haven’t found a field that quite tickles their fancy yet should check out Creatopia. Creatopia holds monthly creative workshops on everything from public speaking and voice acting to sound design, special effects and more. Kiddos will get a look behind the scenes of lucrative creative careers from some of the best professionals in the biz at their professional studios and agencies, as well as hands-on experiences in different creative fields. Psst. check their Facebook page for upcoming classes!
Where: Creatopia, various locations
3. ACT3 Drama Academy
Another solid theatre academy for kids, ACT3 International regularly holds workshops, classes and camps for your little thespians to get into theatre. Its drama academy teaches kids to find their voice. It also encourages them to contribute their ideas by thinking on their feet and experiment with ways to express themselves. It’s great for kids aged 18 months to teens, with plenty of options to choose from.
Where: ACT 3 International, 126 Cairnhill Rd, Singapore 229707
4. Singapore Media Academy (MediaCorp)
Does your little one fancy a future career in TV or radio? If so, you’ll want to look out for Singapore Media Academy’s programs! It’ll give potential newsreaders, sports commentators and TV presenters the chance to learn skills in a state-of-the-art TV studio and radio booth. Not only that, but experts from the broadcast industry will incorporate media elements into the ongoing curriculum, which is designed to give students the language, social, physical and cognitive skills to shape them towards a future media career. Perfect for kids aged six to 12.
Where: Singapore Media Academy, 1 Stars Ave, Singapore 138507
5. Helen O’Grady Drama Singapore
Who better to start a drama school than a successful actress and TV presenter? Australian actress Helen O’Grady is just that, and she has taken her love for drama to a new level by opening drama classes not just in Singapore, but around the world! Beginners’ classes run for tiny actors from two years of age and continue right up to the fantastic Youth Theatre Programme, aimed at students from 13 to 18-years-old. Kids can expect ad-lib thinking exercises, scripted and open-ended dialogues, group improvisation and of course a heap of stage time. No matter what area of stardom your little one is headed for, this school covers all the options! Psst. check out its online drama camps too! And, there are demo classes so your young ‘un can sit in to get a taste of the course structure before signing up.
Where: Helen O’Grady Drama Singapore,231 Mountbatten Road, Blk B #03-03 Mountbatten Centre, Singapore 397999
6. Grace’s Speech & Drama Studio
If you’re looking for speech and drama classes with a side of certification, check out Grace’s Speech and Drama Studio. These speech and drama classes on the East Coast include internationally-recognised UK exams through Trinity College certification. But don’t worry about the exam side of things! ‘Studying’ has never been more fun, since this school focuses on learning some cool stuff rather than achieving top grades. Speech is a big part of the amateur-to-professional acting path, and kiddos at the studio will get plenty of help with speaking confidently and reading and language skills. We love it because it’s useful for all walks of life, and not just the stage! Students will also be encouraged to showcase their new-found skills in lots of community performances and fun acting activities.
Where: Grace’s Speech & Drama Studio, 195A E Coast Rd, Singapore 428900
7. MADDspace – Your School of Music, Art, Drama & Dance
If you want your little one to excel in multiple disciplines of performing arts, check out MADDspace. The school is renowned for music, art, drama and dance, and aims to promote and develop your kid’s character. And, it has classes for all age groups! Parents have complimented its conducive environment and patient teachers, and we certainly can’t recommend it enough.
Where: MADDspace, 2 Orchard Link, #05-01, Singapore 237978
8. Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (HCAC)
The home of method acting in Asia, the Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (HCAC) has workshops for kids, teens… and even adults, too! The centre works with an international faculty of respected industry professionals. Its classes for kids aims to focus on building an awareness of the world through social issues. What’s more, HCAC workshops are intimate, which allow your child to receive individualised attention. And, it has a private Facebook alumni group for parents to check out any regular events and auditions they may have!
Where: Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity, 89A Desker Road, Singapore 209611
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