Q: Can parents come and watch a class before enrolling?
We discourage parents from staying in the class. Most children settle much more quickly if their parents are not there. Participating in a drama lesson is very different from watching. We do encourage all students to become actively involved in the lesson to get a real flavour of the experience. Parents leave the students as soon as possible and are invited to watch at our Parents and Friends Days, and our annual production.
Q: Can a student join at any time during the year?
Each lesson is carefully planned. Students can enrol at any time from September to early June and they will never repeat a lesson regardless of when they enrol. It can be difficult for new students to start after the half term break in the summer term as all the classes are then working on productions. At this time of year it is better to wait until September – the beginning of the new school year.
Q: My child is confident at home but quite shy at school. Will drama help?
Definitely! Our classes are designed to increase confidence and self-esteem. Parents and teachers comment on how much more confident the students have become after attending our classes for a term or more. Our teachers are very supportive. They encourage each student to make new friends in warm environment filled with mutual respect. By the end of term two each student will will be ready to perform at our Parent and Friends Day.
Q: Do you run classes in the school holidays?
In general our classes run in term time only.
Q: Do the students have to learn a lot of lines?
No, our drama classes are very different from other organisations. Most lines are taught in a lively and fun way in class. Older students may need to spend a little time in the summer term learning lines at home.
Q: Do the students need any special clothing for the class?
No. Just casual clothes that allow your child to move freely. Some children come to lessons straight from school and wear their uniform. The best footwear is trainers or plimsolls.
Q: Does my child need any past experience in drama?
Our classes are suitable for children of all abilities and no past experience is necessary.
Q: What if I pay for a term of lessons and the student decides they don’t want to continue?
Most students take to the lessons straight away because they are so much fun and tap into children’s natural desire to play. We recommend that you encourage your child to attend for at least 3 weeks. This is to give your child the opportunity to make new friends and get accustomed to the new experience. Children who lack confidence particularly need this settling in period. The benefits will be long lasting. If you have paid in full and if you inform us immediately after the three week settling in period that your child does not wish to continue, we will make a full refund.