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Education

Children’s Drama Classes

Jersey Opera House offers Children’s Drama Classes for two different age groups; 5 to 7 year olds (The Dragons) and 8 to 10 year olds (The Chameleons).

All classes run for ten weeks in the Jersey Opera House Studio during term-time on Saturday mornings.

DRAGONS & CHAMELEONS DRAMA CLASSES

Due the success of previous terms, three classes are now available on Saturday mornings during term time. The first Dragons session (5 to 7 years olds) is from 09:00-10:00am with the second class from 10:15-11:15am. The Chameleons (8 to 10 year olds) is 11:30am-12:30pm.  Classes are £80 for ten sessions.

Two local primary school pupils designed the logos for our Dragons and Chameleons.  Melanie Dixon won the prize for the best Dragons design and Elli-Mai Longdin came up with the logo for the Chameleons.   The two designs were picked from the many entries from local primary schools who were asked to come up with creative ways to brand our two news drama classes.  Both girls won a term of drama classes for their efforts and we have two great emblems for our Dragons and Chameleons!

WHY ENROL YOUR CHILD?

Drama helps to improve social skills, motivation confidence and an individual’s general wellbeing.  Incorporating techniques such as mime, improvisation, physical theatre, roleplay, freezeframe, working from scripts and a whole host of other resources, we aim to give a young person transferable social skills for later life.

At the end of every term the children will have an opportunity to perform their work to you, productions are on a small scale and are displayed in the Jersey Opera House Studio.

We work in a relaxed and supportive environment with the emphasis on ‘fun’ not ‘pressure!’

If this sounds like the class for your child please and they are aged between 5 and 13 years of age, please contact Jersey Opera House on boxoffice@jerseyoperahouse.co.uk

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Jersey Opera House’s Children’s Drama Classes are kindly supported by HSBC.

PARENT TESTIMONIAL

“Both my children love the classes and particularly I’ve noticed that my son is more confident and willing to give other things a try since he’s started in the Dragons class. It’s been a great boost to his self-esteem and everyday he asks me ‘is it Saturday yet as I want to go to dance and drama club!”
Amanda Berry

Drama Teacher Sarah Harris
Sarah Harris can’t remember a time when she hasn’t had a passion for Drama.  After completing an A level in performing arts Sarah went to King Alfred’s College in Winchester and gained a BA Hons in Dance and Drama. During this time Sarah taught drama classes and workshops in schools across southern England, and also spent time teaching drama to young people with special needs.

Since returning to Jersey Sarah worked for five years with children as a teaching assistant with early years.  Sarah then took a position at The Jersey Employment Trust  in 2008 where she trains people with any disability or long term health issue back into employment.  Sarah also facilitates the ‘Speak  Out’ group which is an organisation run by people with a disability aiming to raise disability awareness by training and consultancy.

Sarah is PTLLS qualified (teaching) has a level three BILD qualification (working with individuals on the Autistic Spectrum) is First Aid qualified and has years of experience working with a variety of different people and working to suit individual need.

Sarah believes that through the use of drama a child’s confidence, imagination, team building, empathy, communication and a whole host of other skills can be improved on, whilst having a lot of fun!

Drama Assistant Louise Allenby
From a young age, Louise knew that she wanted to work with children. When she was ten years old, she participated in Helen O’Grady drama classes which she says helped to improve her social skills and confidence as well as her acting and communication skills.

Louise is currently in her second year at Highlands College studying a Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies. Following this, her aim is to complete her BA Honours in Childhood Studies and embark on a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching with a view to pursuing a career as a Primary School Teacher.

Louise has previous experiencing working with children in nurseries, primary schools and playcare, and currently has a part time job as a nanny.  She has completed her SPELL Level 1 Training which focuses on working with children with Autism or Asperger’s.

COSTUMES & PROPS PROJECT with STEPS & Jersey Opera House
The STEPS Project has been supporting people with a disability or long term health conditions to volunteer making the costumes and props for the Jersey Opera House Children’s Drama productions.

STEPS COSTUME & PROPS PROJECTThe aim of the STEPS Project is to support adults with a disability or long term health condition towards preparing for employment or volunteering, through individualised programmes and group sessions.

Fiona Scott (Manager of the STEPS Project) says “We were delighted to have been given this opportunity by Jersey Opera House to support our clients to develop their skills in the many areas needed to gain employment or volunteering places.  These sessions are used to assess a client’s commitment to attend, punctuality and problem solving skills.  This project not only combines creative opportunities but incorporates computer research, managing a financial budget and working towards a deadline, whilst developing interpersonal skills which are essential for progressing towards employment or independent volunteering.  Through the Costumes and Props project we have had the opportunity to identify and assess not only areas that clients may need extra support and training with, but also their strengths and existing skills”.