Igniting creativity though drama classes

Despite the challenges that Covid-19 continued to present in Term 1, Tim Bray Theatre Company’s Youth Theatre classes have continued with fun and creativity for their students.

Hit the Stage! – school holiday fun at The Rose Centre, Belmont

This coming April, Tim Bray Youth Theatre brings its ever-popular Hit the Stage! five-day holiday programme for children aged 7-9 and 10-12 at The Rose Centre in Belmont from the 19th till the 23rd April.

During five exciting days, under the direction of the creative team from Tim Bray Youth Theatre, young actors will take part in rehearsing and performing their own unique theatrical creation, ready to ‘Hit the Stage!’ at the end of the week with a 5:30pm performance on the Saturday for family and friends in the theatre.

Extraordinarily Creative – school holiday drama taster for autistic students

During the April holidays Tim Bray Youth Theatre is offering a programme to introduce autistic and neurodivergent children and teens to their Extraordinarily Creative Drama Classes at Meadowood Community House from the 26th to the 29th of April. The term time classes allow students to grow and shine in their own time and space in the spirit of Takiwātanga and the holiday programme introduces the students to the tutors, games and concepts of these classes. This is the second year Extraordinarily Creative has been running in Unsworth Heights and classes were recently launched in East Auckland. According to a dad these classes have been working their “magic”!

Jeanita Cush-Hunter from ACE (Austism Consultancy Education) leads the tutoring team at both venues and says, “It is an absolute privilege to work with these students."

“The teachers are amazing, supportive, genuine and caring. We absolutely recommend the classes and would love to thank everyone involved for the way they welcomed and encouraged my son.” – Caprice S., parent

The Extraordinarily Creative tutors teach by the principles of Connect, Create, Collaborate and Care as underpinned by Mason Durie’s Four Pillars (physical health, spiritual health, family health, mental health). The traditional hierarchy of a conventional classroom is forgotten which allows the tutors to connect with students in a truly unique and meaningful way. They create inclusive learning spaces where they foster care for each other, acceptance and focus on process not product. The relationships in the classrooms grow organically and all students are invited to collaborate and be their authentic selves.

“The drama class has been the BEST thing I have ever signed my son up for. I have never seen him so excited to attend anything before. I think he just finds joy and comfort in being with like-minded peers, not having to 'mask' in class and just being totally himself. I would sign him up for the next 10 years if I could.” – Monica C., parent

Term 2 Extraordinarily Creative weekly classes begin in the first week of May in Unsworth Heights (Tues/Wed) and Glen Innes (Thurs/Fri) and enrolments are now open for both venues.

Term 2 weekly drama classes with Tim Bray Youth Theatre

TBYT drama classes remain popular on the North Shore in Browns Bay and Takapuna, engaging students’ imaginations, sense of fun, their love of storytelling and characters in a supportive environment. Acting techniques and collaborative work gives them tools to creatively express themselves and their view of the world with confidence. Drama is also excellent for mental health and wellbeing.

“These classes have been so wonderful for my daughter; she loves them, and has just blossomed in confidence, and ability.” – Lisa, parent

Term 2 classes start the first week in May in Browns Bay (Wed) and Takapuna (Thurs/Fri).

Tim Bray Youth Theatre also offers classes for 5 to 19 year olds across the bridge in Western Springs at The Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC).

For more information or to enrol please visit: https://timbray.org.nz/youth-theatre/

09 486-2261

E: youth.theatre@timbray.org.nz