How to become a professional actor

So your child wants to be a professional actor…

Your child loves to act and sing or dance. You’ve asked what they would like to be when they grow up. They stand proudly, and confidently declare, “I’m going to be a professional actor!” Eek. You gasp. What are you going to do to help them achieve their goal?! Becoming a successful actor might seem like quite an ambitious dream for a child, but

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practice makes progress

Practice does not make perfect

As we reflect on the year, we thought it would be lovely to share a video of some of our long term students talking about the progress they have made over the years. There is enormous value in sticking with an activity for a while, and the brilliance of the Speak Up program, is that students can start with us when they are three years

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Four reasons your school needs a Speech and Drama program

1. Schools are under more pressure than ever to deliver academic results With Naplan and increased standardised testing, schools and teachers are under pressure to deliver academic results. Unfortunately, this often impacts the way schools approach the curriculum, and subjects like drama, music and art sometimes receive less attention. We meet students who are struggling because so much focus is put on their academic achievement rather than other important things like

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The History of Halloween

The History of Halloween

Have you ever wondered about the history of Halloween? Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, falls each year on 31st October. It is believed that the day was originally celebrated as an ancient Celtic festival which marked the end of summer and the harvest, and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. The Celts believed

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Why we love Roald Dahl

With his stories of mischievous children, evil witches, wondrous adventures, and fantastic creatures, Roald Dahl takes us all to a world of magic and amazement! It’s clear to see why we love Roald Dahl! Not only was he a short story writer, novelist, and one of Speak Up Studio’s most beloved authors, he was also a fighter pilot! What a guy! Dahl served in the British airforce

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Creativity and speech and drama

Where does creativity come from?

Creativity isn’t just colour and paint. Creativity is a way of looking at the world! At Speak Up, kids use their creativity and imaginations to solve problems, illustrate meaning and mood with their voices, build believable characters, design crafts and costumes with a focus on individuality, and much more. We asked some of our creative kids to tell us where creativity comes from… Their

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Speak Up Studio Halloween Party 2018

Harry Potter Halloween Party 2018

Welcome! Welcome to Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, we would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you! This could be our most exciting and fun event yet! Speak Up kids are invited to join us for a Halloween party here at Speak Up Studio. Our Wonderland studio will be transformed into Hogwarts for this

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Show and tell Ideas

Show and Tell Part Two – Tips for Show and Tell

In Part one of Show and Tell, we talked about the benefits of show and tell for children at school, and there are so many.  Now for the really useful part – how to help your child prepare a great Show and Tell! Show and Tell Topic Ideas The most important part of Show and Tell is deciding on a topic. Help your child

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Spring 2018 Workshop Wrap Up

Monday Our Little Experts program started the week with a Greatest Showman inspired musical theatre workshop, and shared the most fantabulous singing, dancing and facial expressions with us! Our Short and Sweet children started the day with some naughty villains from Descendants! We created magic jars and learned a mash up of awesome songs inspired by the movie! We had a fabulous time performing

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Benefits of show and tell

Show and Tell Part One – The Benefits of Show and Tell

Show and tell, or show and share, is usually the first opportunity young children have to stand up in front of a small group and speak. Whether this opportunity starts when they are in kindergarten or once they start primary school, it is a wonderful introduction to public speaking as they are often given the option of speaking about a topic they know well

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