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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, Mike Friend, has worked in theatre performance and education all his life.  After completing a BA Hons in Performing Arts in the UK, Mike continuerd his training at London University with a postgraduate teaching qualification specialising in dance and drama.

Mike founded and was Director of Performing Arts at Hurtwood Theatre in the UK in 1987, and continued throughout this period to work on shows in London's West End and for the Edinburgh Festival as a professional director.  He has further directed shows in Ireland, Australia, Thailand, Croatia and the Philippines.  He settled in Lyttelton in 2004 and founded The Loons as a performance venue and The Loons Circus Theatre Company.

Following the loss of The Loons, Mike set up the Lyttelton Arts Factory.

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Level 1 & 2 Drama

  • for Years 1-4.
  • Introduction to the idea of 'play' both individually and as an ensemble. A focus on confidence, creativity and group cohesion.

Level 3 & 4 Drama

  • for Years 5-8
  • 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.

Drama Level 1

$110.00 per term
  • Wednesdays 3:10pm - 3:50pm
  • for Year 1 & 2 students
  • Term 1 2020: 5 Feb - 8 Apr
  • 10 weeks

Drama Level 2

$120.00 per term
  • Wednesdays 4:00pm - 4:45pm
  • for Year 3 & 4 students
  • Term 1 2020: 15 Feb - 8 Apr
  • 10 weeks

Drama Level 3

$140.00 per term
  • Wednesdays 5:00pm - 5:50pm
  • for Year 5 & 6 students
  • Term 1 2020: 5 Feb - 8 Apr
  • 10 weeks

Drama Level 4

$140.00 per term
  • Wednesdays 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • for Year 7 & 8 students
  • Term 1 2020: 5 Feb - 8 Apr
  • 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.

Drama Level 5

$150.00 per term
  • Wednesdays 7:15pm - 8:15pm
  • for Year 9 - 11 students
  • Term 1 2020: 5 Feb - 8 Apr
  • 10 weeks

Drama Level 6

$150.00 per term
  • Mondays 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • for Year 12 & 13 and Tertiary students
  • Term 1 2020: 10 Feb - 6 Apr
  • 9 weeks

Drama Level 7

$150.00 per term
  • Mondays 7:45pm - 9:00pm
  • for Adults
  • Term 1 2020: 10 Feb - 6 Apr
  • 9 weeks