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.

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Ready to join us for 2023?  We've got an awesome line up of Drama, Music Band, and Hip Hop classes ready for you!

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Just follow this link to book online for your class and Term.  You'll need your Credit card (or Visa/Mastercard Debit card) to make your payment.  


LAF Drama Classes

Drama Class Year / Age group Class Time
Drama Level 1 Year 1, 2 & 3 students Mondays 3:15pm - 3:50pm
Drama Level 2 Year 4 students Mondays 4pm - 4:45pm
Drama Level 4 Year 5 & 6 Students Wednesdays 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Drama Level 5 Year 7 & 8 Students Wednesdays 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Drama Level 6 Year 9 & 10 Students Wednesdays 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Drama Level 8 Yr 11-13, Tertiary/Young Adult Mondays 6:30pm - 7:30pm
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LAF Music classes

Every Tuesday during school term LAF Music provides the opportunity for students with existing instrument skills to create a band with other students of similar skill level.  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 musicianship and performance skills in a professional venue.
Students will also perform in an end-of-year production, along with the chance throughout the year to play live gigs at public venues.
Carmel Courtney
Carmel is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer.  She taught Contemporary Music at MAINZ in Auckland for three years and at 'Polynesian Performing Arts' in Christchurch for two years.  Carmel collaborates with musicians in a wide range of styles and has toured extensively playing festivals around the globe.
She heads up 'Toot Toot Sounds', a body which provides music education within schools and works closely with the Lyttelton Arts Factory on productions.
Music Class Skill/Age Group Class Time
Music Band 1 Basic Instrument skills / Years 6 - 8 (approx) Tuesdays 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Music Band 2 Basic/Intermediate Instrument skills / Years 9 - 11 (approx) Tuesdays 5:30pm - 6:45pm
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LAF Dance classes

We are excited to offer you hip hop classes with our awesome dance tutor Ruby, every Thursday during school term.  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.

Dance Class Year / Age Group Class Time
Dance Level 1 Year 5 - 7 No classes this term
Dance Level 2 Year 6 - 8 No classes this term
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