Kids and par­ents both ben­e­fit from drama

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Ev­ery par­ent’s dream of con­fi­dent, en­thu­si­as­tic, ar­tic­u­late chil­dren can be a re­al­ity. That’s the be­lief of He­len O’Grady.

The He­len O’Grady Drama Academy pro­vides chil­dren, aged five to 17 with a self-de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, de­signed to in­crease their con­fi­dence, self-es­teem, com­mu­nica­tive abil­ity and creative tal­ents.

The life skills learnt at He­len O’Grady’s such as eye con­tact, voice pro­jec­tion and con­fi­dence are hugely ben­e­fi­cial in later life in ar­eas like job in­ter­views, pub­lic speak­ing and in­for­mal speeches.

The He­len O’Grady Drama pro­gramme takes an imag­i­na­tive and sen­si­tive ap­proach to this per­sonal de­velop- ment, through a unique drama cur­ricu­lum which fo­cuses on hav­ing fun while learn­ing skills. Chil­dren at­tend for one hour a week, and the pro­gramme in­volves no ex­ams or com­pe­ti­tions. En­thu­si­as­tic teach­ers qual­i­fied in the He­len O’Grady Drama sys­tem, com­bined with a friendly, fun, learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, mo­ti­vates the chil­dren to par­tic­i­pate will­ingly and achieve their best at all lev­els of de­vel­op­ment.

Short pro­duc­tions per­formed by each class at the end of the fourth term, give chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to put into prac­tice the many skills they have de­vel­oped through the year, and af­ford fam­ily and friends the chance to see their chil­dren in action.

Com­ments from par­ents af­ter­wards, and the looks of ex­cite­ment and pride on the chil­dren’s faces, are tes­ti­mony to the suc­cess of the pro­gramme.

Even chil­dren who ini­tially would have done any­thing rather than speak in front of an au­di­ence, or try some­thing un­known, can be up there per­form­ing in front of sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple, with a huge smile on their face at the end of it.

Put sim­ply-”Kids love drama; par­ents love the re­sults.”

The academy was set up in Aus­tralia in 1979 by teacher, ac­tress and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter He­len O’Grady. The suc­cess of the academy has seen it ex­pand to fran­chises all over New Zealand and in 28 coun­tries around the world.

To find out where your clos­est stu­dio is, or if you would like more in­for­ma­tion about He­len O’Grady Drama Academy please phone Debbie on 836-0233.

On stage: Chil­dren about to per­form the im­pro­vi­sa­tion ‘The Lolly Shop’ at their Par­ent Day pre­sen­ta­tion.

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