STAGE ONE DRAMA
For children aged 4-6 years (in Reception & Yr1)
NOW BOOKING CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY COURSES
WEDNESDAY 19 & THURSDAY 20 DECEMBER
STAGE ONE COURSE DETAILS
A range of carefully selected drama games and technique exercises ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop self-confidence, together with performance and voice technique.
Original plays are devised weekly and presented to family and friends in the theatre at the end of each course. While children are encouraged to make new friends, if they attend with friends of the same age, they will be placed in the same group.
WHAT IS DRAMA STAGE ONE?
Drama Stage One is a fun-filled Drama course comprising specialised creative activities that aim to develop children's self-confidence, focus and concentration. A range of carefully selected drama games and technique exercises ensure that all children have the opportunity to build their self-confidence, along with performance and voice technique.
An exciting play is rehearsed during the week for presentation to parents in the theatre at the end of the course. All Drama Stage One Shows aim to be ensembles, where parts and lines are distributed as equally as possible among the children.
Drama Stage One courses are taught by qualified Drama teachers, along with a teaching assistant. The maximum number of children in a group each day is 17, and friends will be placed in the same group if requested. Our aim is for children to develop their communication and performance skills and inspire their imagination within the framework of a safe, nurturing, creative environment.
WHO IS DRAMA STAGE ONE FOR?
Drama Stage One is for children in school years Reception and Year One (4 - 6 years).
WHAT DOES A DAY AT DRAMA STAGE ONE LOOK LIKE?
On Monday - Thursday, children can be dropped off from 9.30am each day, for a 10am start. Collection is at 3pm. On Friday, Show Day, please drop-off from 9am for a 9.30am start. Parents should return at 12.45pm for a 1pm Show, which will finish at approx 1.30pm. Please note, Show times may be subject to change, and we will confirm final times the week of the course.
Morning activities: 10am - approx 12pm
Lunch: approx 12pm - 12.30pm
Afternoon activities: approx 12.30pm - 3pm
WHAT IS THE DRAMA STAGE ONE DROP-OFF AND COLLECTION PROCEDURE?
Children can be dropped off from 9.30am Monday - Thursday, and from 9am on Friday. Upon arrival, your child will be taken to their Drama teacher, who will mark them in on the register.
At collection, children will wait in the room with Dramarama assistants for parents/carers to collect them at the door. Please advise in advance if other adults apart from yourself will be collecting your child. Upon arrival, please tell us your child's full name, and they will be brought to you - it is not possible for parents to come in the school building for collection. Please ensure that all carers dropping-off or collecting your child are aware of these procedures.
WHAT SHOULD CHILDREN BRING TO THE COURSE?
Please provide a nut-free packed lunch each day, and please ensure all lunch items are named, as we often have many similar lunch boxes, bags and cups! Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities to warm food, and cannot provide tableware or cutlery.
On occasion we have children attending our courses with extreme airborne food allergies. If there are any food items that need to be avoided in packed lunches, we will email all parents the week before the course. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
You may also provide a small, named, nut-free, mid-morning snack.
Children should wear comfortable clothing - please ensure that all removable clothing, such as cardigans, hoodies, and jackets, are named.
As children rehearse throughout the week for a Show on Friday afternoon, they will be provided with a script, to practise their lines and cues. Please ensure that your child brings their script back with them each day.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: My child has never attended a holiday course before - do I have to enrol for the whole week?
A: Children are booked in to Drama Stage One for a week, for £160. In all cases, new children can start with a paid trial day initially, for £45, to see how they like it. We hold a place for the rest of the week should they wish to continue. We also offer three day Drama Workshops, Monday - Wednesday, for those children who cannot attend for a full week.
Q: I'd like my child to attend the next Drama Stage One course - when do I need to book?
A: Our Performing Arts courses book very quickly, and we have a limited number of places available for each course. Unfortunately, we cannot increase our capacity each week, as we can only accommodate four Performing Arts Shows every Friday afternoon. To avoid disappointment, please reserve your child's place as soon as possible. Payment for the course is due up to a month before the start date, however we may request payment sooner if the course becomes full. Children's places are only fully confirmed once an online booking form has been completed, and payment has been made.
Q: I need to pick my child up early one day. How do I arrange this?
A: Please complete an Early Collection Form, on the morning of early collection, or one of the mornings before if possible, and return it to Jessica Grant, or a member of the Dramarama team.
Q: My child has school friends also attending. Can they all be together?
A: Yes, of course! We will always ensure that friends are in the same group. Please let the office team know the names of other friends also joining us, as we do not automatically know which schools the children attend.
Q: What Show will my child be performing?
A: As we have a high number of children who return to Dramarama every holiday course, we are especially mindful not to repeat content. As such, we do not confirm the course Show until a week before the start date. Please note, in all cases, Show content is subject to change at Dramarama's discretion.
Q: Can I speak to my child's Dramarama teacher about their progress?
A: You are welcome to have a brief chat with your child's Drama teacher before or after the course, however, please be aware that these are very busy times for the teachers, whose prime concern will be to register/give back the children in a calm and safe manner. Be assured that if my teaching staff have any concerns at all for your child's wellbeing during the day - e.g. if they are unwell; if they do not appear happy to join in; if they seem generally 'out of sorts' - we will contact you immediately. If you are not be contacted during the day, this means that everything is going very well! We do not provide written reports for children's activities during the day.
Q: What happens if I make a payment and my child can't attend?
A: We are happy to provide a credit note, valid for up to a year, for the value of the course booked.
Q: If I have any further questions, who should I ask?
A: In the first instance, please direct all questions and queries to the Dramarama office - 020 8446 0891 or email firstname.lastname@example.org