Information For Current Speak Up Families
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Born To Perform?

All the fun and wonder in a fraction of the time

Born to Perform students experience the thrill of putting on a production from start to finish, in just one week. From auditions and casting, to rehearsing, character and skill development (like singing, mime and movement), learning lines, and performing, Born to Perform workshops are filled with energy, focus and passion as students work together to put a show on stage in record time in our plays and musical theatre workshops.
If your child talks about wanting to be an actor, if they wish they could perform on stage more often, or if they look forward to speech and drama each week and want to do more, then this is the workshop for them.
Workshops are available for students in grades 1 to 12.


Elf (1) (1)

Our December b2p is based on the hilarious Christmas classic, The Grinch - a cynical, witty and oddly likeable villain who goes on a mission to destroy the spirit of Christmas. When the Grinch encounters a young Cindy Lou, who has undeniable Christmas cheer, his heart is opened to the magic of the holiday season.
Grade 1 - 6 (13th - 15th December 2023)

Christmas Musical

Red Hill, Spring Hill and Sherwood ($300)
Elf (2)

Let the rumpus start! Trouble-maker Max is transported to the island of Wild Things, where he becomes their new king.
Grades 1 - 6 (17th to 19th January)

Where the Wild Things are

Sherwood and Red Hill Studio

Never do anything by halves, if you want to get away with it! Are you a terrifying (but hilarious) Trunchbull? A darling and dazzling Miss Honey? Or one of the little maggots that attends Matilda's school? Spend the week at Speak up exploring the brilliant broadway choreography and characters from Roald Dahl's Matilda.
Grade 3 - 7 (8th - 12th January 2024)

Revolting Children

Spring Hill Studio ($450)

Across five fast-paced, musical days, students will rehearse and perform an abridged production of “Something Rotten”. Filled with catchy songs, kick lines and Shakespearean slander, this hilarious musical will launch you into 2024 with a bang!
Grade 7 - 12 (15th - 19th January)

Welcome to the Renaissance

Red Hill and Sherwood Studios ($450)

Grade 3 - 7 (1st - 5th July 2024)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Spring Hill, Red Hill and Sherwood Studios ($300)


Easter Born to Perform

Both the kids were on cloud nine all evening and night! They appeared to make some lovely friendships with fellow cast members. They all supported each other so nicely. They also both really enjoyed the mixture of acting, singing and choreography that it provided. It must have been a huge task for you and the team, so thanks again for all your hard work. The kids seem to understand how much effort you all put in.
– Matt S. Dad

A Production That’s About The Kids


There are plenty of kids theatre programs out there. Most license a Disney show and hold auditions, and rehearse the old fashioned way. We’ve been there and done that and sure, while the show might be stunning, the process of creating and rehearsing the show is anything but.


Auditions can feel ruthless. Waiting for others to rehearse is dull. And the same kids are always the stars.


Like everything at Speak Up, we’ve taken the process of staging a play or a musical and asked:
“How can we make this more inclusive and more joyful for all our performers?”


And that’s how Born to Perform, was, well born. 


Inclusive Casting


Clever Scripts


Entertaining Rehearsals


Dazzling Costumes


Everyone Shines

Frequently Asked Questions


If you’d like to chat with us about your child or would like a specific recommendation, please give the studio a call on 07 3367 8562.
How much does Born To Perform cost?

Born to Perform workshops run for a full week and the standard price is $450.

Early Bird: $400 (book a year in advance on the night of the performance)

We run a 3 day Born to Perform workshop for $300 at Christmas and Easter.

All bookings can be made via the parent portal. Credit Card payment is required at time of booking.

Where are Born to Perform workshops held?

Born to Perform workshops are held at our various studios, depending on the time of year, with Friday rehearsal and performance venue to be advised. 

Is before and after care available?

Yes! Supervision is available between 8am – 9am and 3.30pm – 5pm ($10 for the day). Book online via the parent portal. We have quiet activities, colouring, board games and sometimes a movie in the afternoon. 

What to bring and wear?

Students should wear drama blacks (black pants & black t-shirt) to all rehearsals and the performance evening. Please send your child with morning and afternoon tea, lunch and a water bottle. 

What's the deal with food?

Supervised snack breaks are held at 10.30am, 12pm and 2.00pm. Please send your child along with plenty of healthy food for the day. We would appreciate if you could avoid packing nuts. Our lovely neighbour, Gramps (at Red Hill) offers a tuck shop style menu which you can order on the day!

What happens on Friday?

Friday is our performance day! This is how the day runs:

  • 9am – 3.30pm Rehearsal
  • 3.30pm – 4.30pm Pizza Party
  • 4.30pm – 5pm Get into Costume
  • Show times – TBA

Students are supervised all day on Friday, including during the pizza party and performances.

What does a rehearsal look like?
Highlights from our latest show – Whimsical Woods!

Our son has had some amazing experiences with the Born to Perform program. He has now attended two holiday programs and we are already signed up for his third. He enjoyed the acting, singing, and creating costumes (in this last instance a giant puppet who now resides at our house). It has been a delight to see him work as a team, try new things, and then have the confidence to stand up in front of crowd whilst having heaps of fun along the way.


– Emma B, Mum

Where to next?

If you are ready to enrol in one of our Born to Perform productions then click the green button. If this sounds good and you’d also like to know more about our weekly classes, then click purple.