Drama academy gets set for its summer show

July 04 2016

A mixture of singing, acting, laughter and a sprinkle of stardust is the recipe for the children rehearsing for their end of year production at Bishopston’s Helen O’Grady drama academy.

 

A mixture of singing, acting, laughter and a sprinkle of stardust is the recipe for the children rehearsing for their end of year production at Bishopston’s Helen O’Grady drama academy.

The event takes place at the Redgrave Theatre on July 9 and promises to be a presentation of some fantastic and funny performances from very talented local children. ‘Lazy Lak!’ is being performed by the 5-8 years group followed by an amusing fantasy play about aliens landing, ‘Fancy That’, by the 9-11 year olds.

Alison Mazanec has run the Bristol Helen O’Grady Academy for the last 24 years and has recently travelled to India to promote the drama courses.

“I still have an absolute passion for what I do. We don’t market ourselves as a talent school but we can give children the skills to go on to do other things. Some students come back years later to continue the experience as adult learners too,” she said.

The Helen O'Grady Drama Academy has its origins in Australia in 1979, when Helen O'Grady, a trained teacher, drama teacher and actress, hired a hall in a Perth suburb and began after school drama classes for children. Her aims were to provide a programme of self-development through drama for children, to encourage enthusiasm, energy and a positive approach to life.

Each class is taught by a qualified, enthusiastic and caring teacher to a set, professional plan and all students receive a certificate on completion of a course. Bishopston courses are taught by Drama Teacher, Julie Lawrence, and although the classes are in demand, Julie keeps the numbers to a maximum of 15 in each age group.

With an emphasis on developing effective social interaction, the classes promote good communication skills, eye contact, public speaking with plenty of dressing up thrown in for fun.