Was your child

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)

Alice In Wonderland the Panto! This classic script follows the story of Alice and a cast of characters we all know and love. Alice's golden watch mysteriously goes missing and she's on a mission to get it back! follow these amazing characters down the rabbit hole for our June Born To Perform!

Grades 1 - 6
Wednesday 26th - Friday 28th June

Alice in Wonderland

26th - 28th June 2024

A workshop based on the children’s novel by Roald Dahl. A poor boy and his grandfather get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the mysterious chocolate factory of Willy Wonka, an eccentric confectioner.

Grade 3 - 7
Spring Hill, Red Hill and Sherwood Studios

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

1st - 5th July 2024
Elf (4)

``A workshop inspired by the broadway classic ``Into the Woods``, this show takes everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together in a score that is both enchanting and touching. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

Grades 3 - 12
Spring Hill Studio ($660)

Once Upon a Time

23rd - 27th September 2024

Christmas Born to Perform


January Born to Perform


Senior 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