Performing Arts Education

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

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.

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.

Three LAF Education DramaLittle Pigs in rehearsal
LAF Education Drama

LAF Drama Classes

Monday and Wednesday's physical theatre and drama are a focus for LAF. Under the tutorship of LAF's resident director Mike Friend, and for the younger kids Anna Heffernan. Occasional guest tutors from the Lyttelton Circus Theatre Co including David Ladderman  will be providing extra tutelage and guidance throughout terms and for productions.

Drama students level 4 and above will have the opportunity of performing in an end of year production.

Drama Class Year / Age group Class Time
Drama Level 1 Year 1, 2 & 3 students Mondays 3:15pm - 3:50pm $135
Drama Level 2 Year 4 students Mondays 4pm - 4:45pm $135
Drama Level 3 Year 5 & 6 Students Wednesdays 3:15pm - 4:00pm $150
Drama Level 4 Year 7 & 8 Students Wednesdays 4:15pm - 5:00pm $150
Drama Level 5 Year 9 Students Wednesdays 5:15pm - 6:15pm $180
Drama Level 6 Year 10- & 11 Students Wednesdays 6:30pm - 7:30pm $180
Drama Level 7 Year 12 & 13 and Young Adults Mondays 6:30pm - 7:45pm Contact Us
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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 under the mentorship of Carmel Courtney.
Music Class Skill/Age Group Class Time
Beginner Band 1 Basic Instrument skills / Years 6 - 8 Tuesdays 3:15pm - 4:00pm $150
Beginner Band 2 Basic Instrument skills / Years 6 - 8 Tuesdays 4:00pm - 4:45pm $150
Intermediate Band Basic / Intermediate Instrument skills / Years 8 - 10 Tuesdays 5:00pm - 6:15pm $170
Senior Band Intermediate Instrument skiills / Year 9 - 12 Tuesdays 6:15pm - 7:30pm $170
Adult Workshops Open / Wk1: Guitar&Vocals Wk2: Drums&Bass Wk3: Keys Wk4: Band Tuesdays 7:30pm - 8:30pm Contact Us
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** Drama Term Fee based on a 10 week term.  Where LAF cannot offer 10 weeks in the term, Term Fee will be calculated pro rata to the number of weeks offered, PLUS a $10 admin fee.  Students that join part way through the term will also pay as above.
As an example: 
Term 1 for Level 3 Drama ($150).  LAF is offering 9 weeks this term, so payment will be $15 ($150 divided by 10) x 9 weeks = $135 + $10 admin = $145.
Term 1 for Level 1 Drama ($135).  LAF is offering 8 weeks this term, so payment will be $13.50 ($135 divided by 10) x 8 weeks = $108 + $10 admin = $118

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