Drama academy notches up 20 years in Manawatu
Helen O’Grady Drama Academy is so proud to have just completed its 20th year in Manawatu and principal Sophia Parker is still passionate about going to work every day.
The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy is all about giving children self confidence to succeed in life. ‘‘In saying that, there are plenty of drama kings and queens that come to our classes,’’ says Sophia. She loves to develop her students further within the performing arts if they show that interest. Throughout the programme, there is speech work, music through movement and weekly plays.
The programme is all about life skills. Today’s children are constantly in front of screens with computers and texting.
Sophia believes it is vital children are given the opportunity to learn how important clear and confident communication is.
‘‘We aim to develop a new generation of leaders. It is the confident child who does well at school, creates strong friendships, auditions for roles or tries out for the sports team and feels prepared for a job interview. It is the confident child who makes a difference in their own life and in their community’’ she says.
‘‘At the end of the each year, the children get a chance to be a part of a performance which is the highlight of each year with a lot of work and effort going into it, but worth it all,’’ Sophia says.
The academy is excited about offering a new class this year for those students wishing to take Trinity College examinations.
The academy also has on offer a Performing Arts Class for those students wishing to take performing to a whole new level. It develops students with solo singing, group harmony work and class routines.
‘‘Because it’s a performance based class we try to get the group out and about performing in public,’’ Sophia says.
The academy’s vocal tutor is local singing celebrity Amy Hunt.
So, any parents who are frustrated at watching their child sit in front of a screen these holidays or would like to give your child a chance to express themselves in a creative way, it might be time to get on the phone or email to find out more. This could be the year for your child to shine.
For any inquiries phone Sophia Parker on (06)3546323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a scene from the play The Bold Buccaneers, performed by students of the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, the crew, left, Georgiana Rochester, Jack Parker, Jenna Sharples, Olly Dale, Ben Lucas and Cameron Babb plead with the Captain, Rob Hindmarsh, to have a longer break.