Information For Current Speak Up Families
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.
For students in grade 3 to 7 and also grade 6 to 12.


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Every Who down in Whoville likes Christmas a lot - and guess what, we do too! Join us for three days of magic, carols and a little bit of Grinch-iness in our Christmas Born to Perform workshop. 15th to 17th December

Christmas Musical

Red Hill and Sherwood Studios ($300)

Welcome to Horace Green, a prestigious school where the kids learn how to spell, divide and colour within the lines. Everything changes when a disgraced rockstar-turned-substitute teacher takes over and teaches the kids to stick it to the man! Get ready for a head-banging and heart warming tale about always being true to yourself (and learning how to rock!) 17th to 21st January 2022

January Musical

Red Hill Studio ($420)

This hilarious musical follows recent college grad, Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment and makes friends with the ridiculous, furry and all-too-familiar residents. Together they struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Expect lots of laughs, a delightfully catchy score, plus of course, PUPPETS! 17th to 21st January 2022

January High School Musical

Sherwood Studio ($420)
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Foxy friends we need your help! Boggis, Bunce and Bean - one fat, one short, on lean - these farmers are on the rampage! Join us for a fantastical week of comedy, acting and little adventure. 4th to 8th July 2022

July Play

Red Hill Studio ($420)

September Musical

Red Hill Studio ($420)

September High School Musical

Sherwood Studio ($420)
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

Early Bird Discount


Do you have no doubt that your child was born to perform? Our discounted early-bird rate is $370. Enrolment deadlines are listed in the parent portal – simply enter the code “EARLY” at checkout to apply the discount.

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 $420, with a two discounts available:

  • Early Bird: $370 (book 30 days before the start date)
  • Super Early Bird $320 (book a year in advance on the night of the performance)

Every so often we run a 3 day Born to Perform workshop for $300 (early bird price of $270)

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 Red Hill studio, with Friday rehearsal and performance venue to be advised. 

Our high school Born to Perform workshop will run at our Sherwood studio with Friday rehearsal and performance venue to be advised.

Is before and after care available?

Yes! Supervision is available between 8am and 9am ($10) and 3.30pm and 5pm ($15). Book online when you enrol or just turn on the day! 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 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
  • 5pm – 6pm Show 1
  • 6pm – 7pm Show 2

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.