Short and Sweet Workshops


As the name suggests, the Short and Sweet workshops are designed for maximum energy, creativity and fun for the littlest learners in our studio. You can think of Short and Sweet as level one of the Speak Up Holiday Workshop Syllabus. These kids drama workshops run for three hours each, with two workshops each day.

What happens during the workshops?

Speak Up Studio’s Short and Sweet workshops are fun, engaging and finish with an exciting outcome, usually a performance, photoshoot or a fancy craft to take home!

What age group are these workshops for?

Short and Sweet workshops are designed for primary school students in prep to grade four. Grade five and six students are welcome, but content will be somewhat easy for them. For older children, we recommend our Little Experts or Born to Perform Workshops.

​How does the day run?

Short and Sweet workshops run from 9.00am to 12.15pm and 12.30pm to 3.45pm each day. Students booked into both morning and afternoon sessions will be supervised between 12.15pm and 12.30pm.

What do we do about food?

Supervised snack breaks for Short and Sweet workshops are held at 10.30am, 12.15pm 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. There is an on site cafe at the studio if you wish to purchase 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 each day. Thanks for understanding!

Where are the workshops held?

Easter Short and Sweet 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 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?

Short and Sweet workshops run for three hours and cost $55 each. Students are welcome to attend individual workshops, or book in for a full day or full week.

How do I register for workshops?

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

Book Online Via The Parent Portal

Positive Feedback from families in Brisbane

The variety in the range of themes offered in these workshops is amazing. Also, the staff seemed very enthusiastic and as eager to be there as the kids! – Jen (mum, 2017)

Our family loves being a part of the Speak Up Studio community. The confidence speech and drama classes unleashes in our daughter is wonderful to see. She returns from her classes in the happiest of moods and loves the holiday workshops and performance opportunities. Thank you Speak Up Team! – Catherine (mum, 2018) 


Workshop Timetable

July Holiday workshops brisbane

Winter Short and Sweet Workshop Descriptions

Jungle Book Terrariums (craft and musical theatre)

Monday 1st July, 9am – 12.15pm

The jungle is a crazy place to call home! First, you’ll get to create a tiny jungle in a jar. These mini jungles are called terrariums and they are a great way to learn about the water cycle. Once you’ve finished your jungle home, it’s time to get groovy like Balloo the Bear and sing and dance to your favourite songs from The Jungle Book. Watch out for those pesky monkeys and that master of hypnosis, Kaa! This workshop ends in a performance for parents.

Unicorn Horns (craft and drama)

Monday 1st July, 12.30pm – 3.45pm

Unicorns are the perfect combination of colour, magic and fun! Come along to combine your creativity with your imagination to create a magical unicorn horn of your very own. Then develop your performance skills and confidence as we explore unicorn themed poems and stories, finishing with a performance for parents!

Fly Away (craft and musical theatre)

Tuesday 2nd July, 9am – 12.15pm

Jane and Michael are all grown up, but lucky for you there are now two Mary Poppins movies to enjoy! Before you fly away, jump on stage to learn to sing and dance to your favourite songs from both movies. This workshop ends in a performance for parents.

Butterfly Wings (craft and drama)

Tuesday 2nd July 12.30pm – 3.45pm

It’s time to spread your wings, but you’re going to have to make them first! Butterfly wings have such unique and beautiful patterns. Using a mixture of collage and paint, you’ll get to design a pair of fabric wings of your very own. Then fly onto the stage with your butterfriends as we explore delightful butterfly poems and stories, finishing with a performance for parents!

Willy Wonka Lollies (craft and musical theatre)

Wednesday 3rd July, 9am – 12.15pm 

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 into the mystical and magical world of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! You’re the new chocolate maker in charge, and it’s time to do what you do best. Sing, dance and invent wild and wacky lollies that no one in the world would dare to imagine. This workshop ends in a performance for parents.

*Please note this workshop includes food and may not be suitable for those with allergies.

Witch and Wizard Wands (craft and drama)

Wednesday 3rd July, 12.30pm – 3.45pm

Swish and flick! Young witches and wizards, come along to learn the art of wand making! Select your wand core and design a unique handle for your wand. Then step into the charms classroom, where you will invent magic spells and cast them on your classmates (using your most convincing acting!) This workshop finishes with a performance for muggles (parents.)

Genie Badges (craft and musical theatre)

Thursday 4th July, 9am – 12.15pm

Hop on your flying carpet and get ready to experience a whole new world with Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie in this crafty and creative musical theatre workshop! First, get crafty with pearler beads to create mini-badges of your favourite Aladdin characters, and learn to sing and dance to your favourite songs from the movie.

Spy Gadgets (craft and drama)

Thursday 4th July, 12.30pm – 3.45pm

Secret agents, get ready to play some mind games in this high risk, under cover, investigative craft and drama workshop. Create your very own secret spy watch, and dream up all the wild and whacky things it can do! Laser beams, invisibility buttons, your imagination is the only limit! Then jump on stage to explore some Zac Power themed drama activities, finishing with a performance for parents!

The Greatest Shoes (craft and musical theatre)

Friday 5th July, 9am – 12.15pm

Right here. Right now. It’s time to tap! Come alive and show everyone the true you in our The Greatest Showman workshop. First, you’ll use your creativity to transform an old pair of shoes into a pair of tap shoes. Then you’ll learn some cool tap moves as we sing and dance to one of our favourite songs from the movie, finishing with a performance for parents.

*Please note, students will need to bring an old pair of shoes to this workshop.

Handmade Pokemon Cards (craft and drama)

Friday 5th July, 12.30pm – 3.45pm

Come and catch em all at the Speak Up Pokemon Gym! Young Pokemon trainers from far and wide will invent a set of Pokemon Cards from their imagination. At the end of the workshop, trainers will put their inventions to the test in a dramatic Pokemon Card Tournament.

*Please note that Speak Up workshops are generally non-competitive, however there is an element of competition in this particular workshop. Chat with us if your child might need some extra support in this regard.

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Up Next: Little Experts Workshops

Next up is our Little Experts workshop program for students in grade three to grade eight.