Little Experts Workshops

school holiday workshops

The Little Experts program was created to give older students a chance to work on more advanced acting skills and techniques, while still having heaps of fun! You can think of Little Experts as level two of the Speak Up holiday workshop syllabus, for kids in grade 3 to 8. These acting and musical theatre workshops run over the whole day. Each workshop is $110.

Christmas Workshops

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January Workshops

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What happens during acting workshops?

Speak Up Studio’s Little Experts workshops are longer acting workshops, designed to extend students’ skills in a particular area through fun, engaging, challenging content and activities.

What age group are these workshops for?

These workshops are designed for primary school students in grade 3 to 6. Grade 7 and 8 students are welcome, but the content may be somewhat easy for them. For younger children, we recommend our Short and Sweet Program.

How does the day run?

Little Experts workshops are full day acting workshops and run from 9am – 3.30pm. Students will have a morning tea and lunch break during the workshops and will be supervised at all times.

What do we do about food?

Supervised snack breaks for Little Experts workshops are held at appropriate times throughout the day. Please send your child along with plenty of healthy food for the day. We would appreciate if you could avoid packing nuts. There is an on site cafe at the studio if you wish to order extra food.

Can parents stay and watch?

We prefer if parents do not stay to watch the workshops as your presence can be a little distracting for our students and teachers. We would love to welcome you to watch the performance at the end of certain workshops, and we promise to share lots of photos and videos at the end of the week. Thanks for understanding!

Where are the workshops held?

Little Experts workshops are held at our Red Hill Studio only.

What should my child bring and wear?

Students should wear comfortable clothes. Dressing up is encouraged! Please send your child with snacks and a water bottle so we can ensure they stay hydrated throughout the day.

How are children supervised?

Students will be signed in upon arrival, and will be supervised until they are collected at the end of the day. All breaks are supervised. Please let us know the name of the person who will be picking up your child when you sign them in. We are unable to release students into the care of an adult who has not been listed on our attendance sheet.

How much do workshops cost?

Little Experts workshops run for six hours and cost $110 each. Students are welcome to attend individual workshops, or book in for full week.

What if I work, is before and after care available?

Yes! At the time of booking the workshop please book into either (or both) before and after care. Supervision is available between 8am and 9am ($10) and 3.30pm and 5pm ($15). Quiet activities will be available such as reading, colouring or a relevant video.

How do I register for workshops?

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

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Positive Feedback from Brisbane parents

“My daughter and her friend have done at least one workshop together every school holidays for the past couple of years. They just love it. Especially the musical ones.” – Catherine (mum, 2017)

Everyone that I’ve had interactions has been really lovely to deal with. My son had a terrific time in the music video workshop today. – Bianca (mum, 2017)

Christmas Descriptions

Gingerbread Architects (Craft)

Monday 16th Dec, 9am – 3.30pm

This workshop is not for the faint of heart. Serious gingerbread connoisseurs only! Come along for a full day of gingerbread house design and construction. Learn beautiful icing and decoration techniques from our resident backing fanatic, Miss Cathy! Add snow, baubles and even a stain glass window to your creation! You’ll have to take lots of photos when you get home because your delicious house won’t be around for ever!

A Play in a Day – The Grinch (Musical Theatre)

Tuesday 17th Dec, 9am – 3.30pm

He’s as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel but you’ll see why audiences can’t get enough of Dr Seuss’ The Grinch. Students will rehearse a section of the green and fuzzy script while learning about drama skills and performance techniques. This workshop finishes with a special performance for parents.

A Play in a Day – ‘Twas the Night (Acting)

Wednesday 18th Dec, 9am – 3.30pm

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Join us as we hang our stockings by the chimney with care and wait for St Nicholas! Choose costumes and create festive characters as we prepare to perform this beloved Christmas poem. Finish the day with a special performance for parents where we’ll say Happy Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

Christmas at Hogwarts (Acting)

Thursday 19th Dec, 9am – 3.30pm

Christmas is one of the best times of year in the Harry Potter world! Come along to explore your favourite Christmas scenes from the books and movies! From exploding crackers, to cauldrons full of hot strong love, to odd socks, you will have a great day learning acting and performance skills. This workshop finishes with a special performance for parents.

Christmas Wizarding Audio Books (Acting)

Friday 20th Dec, 9am – 3.30pm

If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter books we hope you’ve had the chance to listen to the brilliant audiobooks narrated by Jim Dale or Steven Fry. Now it’s your turn! In this workshop you’ll learn all about voice acting, accents, character voices, reading skills and narration techniques and record your very own Harry Potter audiobook, given it’s Christmas we’ll be selecting our favourite Christmas moments from the books to read aloud! Start thinking about your favourite moments, from Celestina Warbeck or perhaps the Yule Ball!

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January Descriptions

Sketch Comedy (Acting)

Monday 20th Jan, 9am – 3.30pm

I say, old chap! Can you believe there’s a workshop at Speak Up Studio all to do with being silly and clowning about like those fellows from Monty Python? Goodness! Those fellows tried to sell dead parrots, got attacked by rabbits and were very good at being funny! Jolly good! (Perfect for you if you’re a kid who has always wanted to learn more about skits, scenes, and comic acting techniques!)

Theatre Sports (Acting)

Tuesday 21st Jan, 9am – 3.30pm

Do you love acting and performing? Are you keen to test your improvisation skills on stage? During this one day workshop, we’ll cover the basics of improv including mime, offers, story, comedy and character. You’ll learn how to play all sorts of hilarious improv games like death in a minute, fairy tales, the oracle, marriage counsellor, and complaints desk. Then it’s time to break into teams, and battle it out in the ultimate theatre sports tournament. Prizes for creativity, risk taking, bombing out and teamwork!
*Please note that Speak Up workshops are generally non-competitive, however there is an element of competition in theatre-sports activities. Chat with us if your child might need some extra support in this regard.

A Play in a Day: The Twits (Acting)

Wednesday 22nd Jan, 9am – 3.30pm

They’re shocking, they’re smelly, they’re stupefyingy stupid! Get ready to be, the one and only, thank goodness, The Twits! Mr and Mrs Twit are the most disgusting characters in the world, and they love to play nasty tricks and pranks on one another. During this workshop we will put together a play starring these to snotty so-and-sos, and perform for our parents at the end!

A Day at the Chocolate Factory (Musical Theatre)

Thursday 23rd Jan, 9am – 3.30pm

You look down at your hand. There is a glittering, shiny, golden ticket between your fingers. You look up. The doors open. You step forward in to the mystical and magical world of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! This is the extended version of our Willy Wonka Lollies workshop for older kids! Throughout the day, we will workshop a tricky musical theatre number from the broadway musical called “Strike That, Reverse It” and of course, it wouldn’t be a day in the chocolate factory without a little bit of inventing. This workshop ends with a performance for parents. *Please note this workshop includes food and may not be suitable for those with allergies*

Wizarding Audio Books (Acting)

Friday 24th Jan, 9am – 3.30pm

If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter books we hope you’ve had the chance to listen to the brilliant audiobooks narrated by Jim Dale or Steven Fry. Now it’s your turn! In this workshop you’ll learn all about voice acting, accents, character voices, reading skills and narration techniques and record your very own Harry Potter audiobook.

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