OnStage s a theatrical program that is held over nominated school holidays and after school The workshop runs over four day with a concert for parents on day 4. It includes, Singing, Dance, Drama and Stage Craft.
    The after school program is available at Ballina and Alstonville on Wednesdays a d Thursdays. See our website for dates and times.
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6 - 17 years old

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⭐ OnStage After School is a Theatrical Program with a specifically developed curriculum for Terms 1 and 2. It explores and discovers Theatrical Dance, Singing, Acting and Stage Craft for children in school years 1-12. Terms 3 and 4 will be the lead up to our end of year performance.

Held once a week in either Ballina or Alstonville during the school term, the program also focuses on developing self-confidence, expression and coordination in a fun supportive environment.

⭐ Program

*School Years 1-3 (Primary)

Terms 1 and 2 are an introduction to drama, singing and dance. It also focuses on developing confidence, co-ordination in movement, characterisation, the basis of voice projection and of course having fun, through drama games, warm up exercises and role playing.

Terms 3 and 4 are working on an end of year performance from knowledge and skills learnt in the first two terms.

*School Years 4-6 (Senior Primary)

Terms 1,2 offers a more detailed look into musical theatre practices and stage craft. Exploring timing and expression in singing, dancing and drama and incorporating the use of choreographed, scripted and improvised dance and drama. Using warm up exercises, games, improvisation, role playing, character identification, emotion and projection to help hone acting skills and more.

Terms 3 and 4 are working on an end of year performance from knowledge and skills learnt in the first two terms.

*School Years 7-12 (High School)

Term 1 and 2 offers a more advanced program in theatrical performing, drama, singing and dance, voice projection, memorisation skills, how to improve timing, characterisation, self-confidence and improv.

Drama games, warm up exercises, improvisation, role playing, character identification, emotion, and projection are all used to hone acting skills.

During terms 3 and 4 we bring together the knowledge gained in the first 2 terms and the process involved in auditioning which leads to our end of year performance.

Both groups; Ballina and Alstonville will come together to present a musical production at the conclusion of term 4. Students must attend terms 2 and 3 as a minimum requirement to be in the end of year performance. The production will have professional lighting, sound and staging. It is important to note that there may be some additional costume costs and the production is ticketed.

⭐Holiday Workshops

OnStage is a high energy fast pace 4 day school holiday personal capacity building program for 6 to 17 years old held in Ballina NSW.

Those attending learn a dance routine, songs, stage-craft and a drama piece which are all to performance levels. They develop new skills, make new friends and have lots of fun. It is designed to develop young people’s self esteem, confidence and social interaction skills on and off the stage. These skills are also core outcomes of the program.

Specialist singing, drama and dance teachers are employed to professionally assist the children. We also employ teachers assistants. We draw on these assistants from the talent base of previous OnStage mentors, Ballina Players youth performers and Arts University students. Working with Children requirements are met.

Each workshop consists of approximately 70 students. It is common to have 2-4 children from the same family attend. Since 2009 we have had over 3600 children attend. Approximately 90 percent are repeat customers.

Workshops are held regularly during the Autumn, Winter and Spring school holidays at the Ballina Players’ Theatre.


Getting to know you activities and sessions in singing, dancing and drama are held each day in a fun environment.

The students are generally placed in three age groups according to age. Groups are age specific depending on the number of enrolments applicable to their ages. Students from more than 30 schools in New South Wales and Queensland attend.

The workshops are held over four days. Each age group rotates between the various activates during the day which leads to a concert on stage under lights on the last day of the workshop at 5:00pm. It is an opportunity for the students to showcase what they have learnt over the 4 days. Each group performs a song, dance and drama. Each student is given a character in the drama with dialogue, therefore it is important the every child attends the concert.

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