Hunter Drama FAQ
Do your classes follow a syllabus?
Yes! We are so excited to say that all Hunter Drama classes follow a world class syllabus. All performance techniques and activities have been carefully programmed for specific age groups and ensure optimum skills development and maximum fun! Our syllabus also ensures that our classes are consistent and that our tutors can assess where individual students are up to.
Who do I contact if my child cannot make a class?
If your child is unwell or unable to make a class please notify us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org we will then let your Hunter Drama tutor know of your child’s absence. You may also let us know by posting in our closed Hunter Drama Family Network group on Facebook.
Can parents sit in and watch Hunter Drama classes?
With the exception of our under 5 year old courses Hunter Drama does not allow parents or guardians to sit in and watch classes. We believe this gives young people the freedom to develop without the pressure of observation from adults. Hunter Drama does however, organise an Open Day for each class during the last week of term 1 & 3. Parents, siblings, friends and neighbours are all invited to watch how a Hunter Drama class is run and even get to join in some of the fun drama activities! Keep an eye out for an email and hand out in class inviting you to our Open Days.
When does my child start ‘acting’?
Most of our Young Actors Program skills are taught through games and play. Classes are sometimes loud, physical and filled with adrenaline. It may look like a circus but rest assured students are learning valuable skills and performance techniques. We like to think of it like hiding vegetables in spaghetti! Students don’t even realise they are learning and that’s what makes drama so unique and fun! There is often an expectation that students will be given serious scripts or fulfill an idea of ‘real acting’ like Chekov straight away. This is definitely not the case and wouldn’t be anywhere near as fun or effective anyway! Students definitely move on to work with scripts and gain wonderful performance experience but not without learning drama essentials first.
How long are your classes?
Hunter Drama classes run for 1.5 hours. A longer class time gives us the opportunity to offer even more in our syllabus and provide more rehearsal times for our showcases. It also gives our tutors time to focus on individual needs of students as well as group work. (With the exception of our Kinder and Year 1 courses. These run for 1hr only)
How big are you classes?
Hunter Drama is dedicated to providing unique and personalized training to all students so we like to keep our classes small. Depending on the age group the typical maximum number of students we allow is 15. We also assign assistant tutors to our larger classes to make sure that everyone is getting the most out of their Hunter Drama experience.
Do you provide make up classes?
Unfortunately, Hunter Drama cannot offer make up classes.
Who teaches Hunter Drama classes?
Hunter Drama tutors are all industry professionals with lots of experience training in their craft and in teaching. Be sure to check out our ‘Our Tutors’ page to find out more about your Hunter Drama tutor.
How long are your terms?
Hunter Drama courses run for 9 weeks/term. Please see our Term dates page for specific term dates.
What do I do if my child no longer wishes to continue their Hunter Drama course
If your child can no longer continue their Hunter Drama course, please notify the Hunter Drama HQ as soon as possible. When you complete an enrolment, Hunter Drama assumes you will be staying for the entire year to experience our whole program. We will continue to keep your child’s name on our attendance rolls and to charge fees unless we are notified otherwise.
How do I find out about auditions for Hunter Drama productions?
Notifications of auditions for Hunter Drama shows are usually emailed out to all of our family members and posted on our Hunter Drama Facebook page.
Can my child audition for a show if they are not enrolled?
Absolutely! Hunter Drama auditions are open to everyone within the age restrictions of the production. Hunter Drama prides itself on making our audition processes fun and supportive; everyone walks out with a great big smile so everyone is encouraged to have a go! If you are successful and cast in one of our productions you will then be required to enroll in one of our courses.
When will my child perform?
Hunter Drama is proud to offer many interesting and dynamic performance opportunities for young people. Twice a year all of our Hunter Drama classes perform in our WOWFest festivals at the Playhouse in Newcastle. Everyone is also encouraged to audition for our Hunter Drama major productions which provide performance opportunities for a range of ages and skills.
How many productions does Hunter Drama perform a year?
Hunter Drama always schedules two festivals a year for all of our classes to perform in and a specific production for our Actors Company class. Hunter Drama programs between 1-3 larger scale productions throughout the year. Participation in these shows is optional and by audition only.
What are my payment options?
Upon enrolling at Hunter Drama you will be presented with two payments options.
Our most popular payment method is via our easy direct debit option (set and forget) Once you select direct debit you will be provided with dates throughout the year that your credit card or bank account will be debited. You will be notified of an upcoming payment well in advance to ensure your credit card hasn’t expired and you have the available funds for your automatic payment.
Hunter Drama also offers you the choice to make term payments throughout the year, the first of which will be automatically debited at the time of enrolment and all remaining payments can be fixed up through an invoice sent from Hunter Drama at the end of every term for the following terms fees.
If I select the Direct Debit option, when will my fees be charged?
If you select our easy direct debit option, your first fee will be fixed up upon enrolling online. The dates for payments throughout the year are as follows:
Term 1 payment – made upon enrolment
Term 2 payment – Thursday 2nd April, 2020
Term 3 payment – Thursday 25th June, 2020
Term 4 payment – Thursday 17th September, 2020