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Performing Arts Education

Welcome to LAF - the Lyttelton Arts Factory - performing arts education programme.

Why the Lyttelton Arts Factory?
A factory creates stuff.  We want to create performance.  We do not want to separate the arts but integrate them into all elements of performance.  LAF is a space where theatre, dance, music and circus can all happen.

Our performance education programme strives to develop skills in the areas of acting, voice, music & movement and apply these skills in projects and productions throughout the year.

Study at LAF
LAF offers you the opportunity to study in a professional theatre environment with the critically acclaimed practitioners Director Mike Friend and Musician Carmel Courtney.

At its core, Lyttelton Arts Factory is a practical expression of Mike Friend's belief that the arts should not be separated, and that theatre and the arts are for the many not the few.

Click here to find out more about our current programmes and course tutors:

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LAF Drama classes 

Lyttelton Arts Factory (LAF) is offering theatre/performance classes for all ages every Monday and Wednesday.

The purpose of these vocational workshops is to teach the students to perform in a fully equipped professional theatre, culminating in an end of year show at Lyttelton Arts Factory.

The Junior to Advance classes have their shows ticketed, promoted and open to the public. All students will perform with lights, sound and set design.

This is a unique opportunity to be taught under the professional direction of Mike Friend in the art of performance in a fully equipped professional theatre with exposure to some of New Zealand’s top performers and teachers.

Mike Friend

LAF's Artistic Director is Mike Friend has worked in theatre and education all his life. Mike has taught at Lyttelton Primary School for many years and run extracurricular drama for over a decade in Christchurch.

Mike trained in England in the 1970s, specialising in dance and drama. After completing a postgraduate teaching qualification, he was the Director of Performing Arts at Hurtwood Theatre in the UK from 1987-2001.

Mike has worked on shows in London’s West End and for the Edinburgh Festival. He has directed projects in Ireland, Croatia and the Philippines. A commission to work on a ballet in Bangkok, for the King of Thailand’s sister, led eventually to Mike coming to Australia and then settling in New Zealand in 2004.

Mike has maintained strong ties in England through East Riding Theatre, which shares Lyttelton Arts Factory’s interdisciplinary values. The two theatres have set up an exchange – whereby Kiwis go to perform at ERT and English performers come to perform at Lyttelton Arts Factory.

Lyttelton Arts Factory is an evolution of M­ike’s first New Zealand theatre group The Loons Circus Theatre Company (2007-2015).

Invited Tutors include:

  •  Tom Trevella - Acting
  • David Ladderman. - Improvisation/Circus
  • Lizzie Tollemache - Improvisation/Voice
  • Skye Broberg - Circus

Bunnies & Beginners

  • Introduction to the idea of 'play' both individually and as an ensemble. A focus on confidence, creativity and group cohesion.

Junior & Intermediate Drama

  • Designed to stretch physically, emotionally, intellectually & creatively, preparing them to meet the highest demands of the profession. Adapted to each age range and ability level. All students will perform a production at the end of the year with lights, sound & design.

Bunnies

$110 per term
  • Wednesdays 3:10pm - 3:45pm
  • for Year 1 & 2 students
  • Term 2 2018: 2 May - 4 July
  • 10 weeks

Beginners

$120 per term
  • Wednesdays 4:00pm - 4:45pm
  • for Year 3 & 4 students
  • Term 2 2018: 2 May - 4 July
  • 10 weeks

Junior

$140 per term
  • Wednesdays 5:00pm - 5:50pm
  • for Year 5 & 6 students
  • Term 2 2018: 2 May - 4 July
  • 10 weeks

Intermediate

$140 per term
  • Wednesdays 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • for Year 7 & 8 students
  • Term 1 2018: 2 May - 4 July
  • 10 weeks

Senior, Advanced & Adult Drama

  • Designed to stretch physically, emotionally, intellectually & creatively, preparing them to meet the highest demands of the profession. Adapted to each age range and ability level. All students will perform a production at the end of the year with lights, sound & design.

Senior

$150 per term
  • Wednesdays 7:15pm - 8:15pm
  • for Year 9 - 11 students
  • Term 2 2018: 2 May - 4 July
  • 10 weeks

Advanced

$150 per term
  • Mondays 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • for Year 12 & 13 students
  • Term 2 2018: 30 April - 2 July
  • 10 weeks

Adults

$150 per term
  • Mondays 8:00pm - 9:00pm
  • for ages 18 and over
  • Term 2 2018: 30 April - 2 July
  • 10 weeks

LAF Music classes

Students will learn about different styles of music and different instruments and how to play in ensembles and bands.
This is a unique opportunity to be taught under the professional direction of Carmel Courtney in musicianship and perform in a fully equipped professional venue, while also gaining experience and understanding of the role of music in theatre.
Students will also perform in a end-of-year production.  Working alongside the drama programme means students can also explore the role of music in theatre and can get the opportunity to devise and perform in theatre shows under the direction of Mike Friend.

Beginners

  • Explore instruments and music making in a group. A focus on playing & experimentation combined with musical skills to build confidence.
  • For Years 3 & 4

Intermediate

  • Band/ensemble listen and play together to improve performance skills. Sharpening primary instrument skills & opportunities to try new instruments. Many musical genres are explored. Students will also learn technical aspects of music performance: sound, staging & lighting. All students will perform a production at the end of the year with lights, sound & design.
  • For years 5 - 11.

Beginners

$90 per term
  • Tuesdays 3:00pm - 3:30pm
  • for Year 3 & 4 students
  • Term 2 2018: 1 May - 3 Jul
  • 10 weeks

Intermediate

$150 per term
  • Tuesdays 3:30pm - 5:00pm
  • for Years 5 - 9 students
  • Term 2 2018: 1 May - 3 Jul
  • 10 weeks

LAF Dance classes

We are excited to offer you hip hop classes in partnership with Zion Dance Studios.  The purpose of these classes is to provide dance skills while at the same time developing social, teamwork and leadership skills.

Students have the opportunity to form dance crews and perform with full lighting and sound at LAF events during the year, and at Zion Dance Studio's end of term shows.

This is a great opportunity to be taught under the professional direction of tutors from the highly regarded Zion Dance team while also gaining experience & understanding of the role of dance in theatre.

Zion Studios is a community based hip hop studio with a passion for investing in our city’s young people by providing a safe place to learn and grow with a focus on hip hop dance.
They are the established dance crew at Tactix Netball home games, and are the 2015 silver medallists of the Adult section at the annual Hip Hop Unite Worlds event.

 

Beginner/Junior class

$90.00 per term
  • Mondays 3:10pm - 3:50pm
  • for years 3 & 4
  • Term 2 2018: 30 Apr - 2 Jul
  • 10 weeks
  • Tutor: Keyana Beecroft

Intermediate class

$110.00 per term
  • Mondays 4:00pm - 4:50pm
  • for Years 5 & 6
  • Term 2 2018: 30 Apr - 2 Jul
  • 10 weeks
  • Tutor: Keyana Beecroft

Senior class

$110 per term
  • Mondays 5:00pm - 6:00pm
  • for Years 7 & 8
  • Term 2 2018: 30 Apr - 2 Jul
  • 10 weeks
  • Tutor: Keyana Beecroft