On Stage

Performing arts program for 8 – 16 year olds.


Are you a budding singer, actor or dancer (or know someone who is)?

After a hugely successful On Stage summer holiday program, Adelaide Festival Centre is offering a series of performing arts workshops and masterclasses for children aged 8–16 in the April 2017 School Holidays.

Featuring dance, theatre, and vocal, students will be nurtured by talented South Australian educators in each field to develop confidence, communication and leadership skills.

Both one-day workshops and three-day masterclasses are available, with groups separated by age: 8–11 years and 12–16 years.

No experience is necessary and no auditions are required. First in, best dressed, so be quick since our summer holiday program sold out very quickly.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn vital skills in the performing arts – while having an enormous amount of fun!

When: 18–21 April & 26–28 April 2017, 8.45am–4pm each day
Where: Adelaide Festival Centre
How much: $90 per child for each 1 day workshop, $250 per child for each 3 day masterclass
1 Day Workshops Experience Required: Nil
3 Day Masterclasses Experience Required: Moderate Knowledge and Experience
Registration closes: Friday 14 April 2017


For last minute registrations and inquiries prior to 5pm Friday 14 April please contact the Program Coordinator directly on 08 8216 8545 or email on.stage@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au.




Catherine is an actor, singer and graduate of ACArts (formerly CPA) in Acting. Acting credits include The Front (Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2015), Sweeney Todd (State Opera of SA), Les Miserables (MS Society, with Normie Rowe), MY BLUE ANGEL: Marlene Dietrich (Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2004), Dead Man Walking (State Opera of SA), Northern Lights Southern Cross (Tutti AUS/Interact Theatre USA), and the critically acclaimed The Shouting Fence (Tutti Arts/State Opera of SA). She has taught Music Theatre at Uni SA (Magill), given Masterclasses for the Cabaret Fringe, and also co-wrote and teaches Cabaret: Context and Practice at UniSA, which is the first tertiary course in Cabaret (non-auditioned) for UniSA.


Larissa is a highly acclaimed dancer and choreographer. Larissa began her dance training at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE), where she won the Queensland Ballet Scholarship to the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), as well as the prize for Most Outstanding Dancer. In her graduating year at VCA, Larissa was awarded Most Outstanding Talent. Larissa joined Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) in 2000 and has since toured extensively throughout Europe, Canada, America, Asia and Australia. In 2008, Garry Stewart named Larissa as the ADT Assistant Choreographer. In 2003, Larissa won the Green Room Award for Best Female Dancer and in 2004, won multiple awards including Best Female Dancer in a Ballet or Dance Work at the Helpmann Awards and the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer.


Sean Riley is an award-winning theatre director and playwright, and is considered one of Australia's leading creators of youth theatre. His plays include The Angel and the Red Priest (Adelaide Festival of the Arts), Skip Miller’s Hit Songs (Brink Productions/Adelaide Fringe), Also a Mirror (Urban Myth Theatre Company/Adelaide Fringe), The Visitors (Urban Myth Theatre Company/Come Out Children's Festival), and Beautiful Words (Oddbodies Theatre), which won the Jill Blewett Playwrights Award, Adelaide Theatre Guide’s Award for Best  Dramatic Production, Adelaide Theatre Critic’s Award for Best New Play, and was short-listed for the Patrick White Playwrights Award. He is currently Artistic Director of SAYarts (South Australia's Youth Theatre Company), and his most recent work, Warren, premiered in 2014.

Program Focus


Combining many genres of dance, including ballet, jazz, hip hop and creative movement, students will learn to use dance as a creative means of self-expression – developing their coordination and understanding of dance concepts and terminology.

The On Stage dance classes will focus on concentration, vocabulary, alignment and proper execution of movement, and memorisation and independence through sequential tasking in an enjoyable and fun environment.

Ages: 8–11 years & 12–16 years
Courses Available: 1 Day Workshop, 3 Day Series


This course will teach stage craft, moment-to-moment spontaneity and a specific approach to researching and rehearsing a contemporary scene and monologue. Through self-discovery, students will train in exercises to develop concentration, imagination and life observation. Improvisations will encourage physical freedom and a sense of truth.

The goal of the theatre classes is to provide strategies for helping beginning actors enhance their performance work. Using scenes and monologues, participants will explore the rehearsal process from both the actor's and director's points of view.

Classes will be led by South Australia's leading theatre maker for young people, Sean Riley, and are for actors who are serious about developing their craft. Classes will cover long form improvisation, where the performers create characters and scenarios from the ground up. With an emphasis on truth and daring, Sean Riley's Method has been thrilling young actors at Urban Myth and SAYarts for years, with several becoming the basis for new theatrical works.

Courses Available: 3 Day Masterclass


Participants will learn the basics of good, healthy singing technique. Students will learn about vocal anatomy, proper breathing and balanced tone, as well as vocal registers and vocal health. This class is ideal for singers in chorus classes at school, church or community choirs, bands of any genre, or anyone who would simply like to improve his or her singing voice. Informational handouts will be provided, and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and to practice skills.

Students will learn about different breathing techniques to help them make better use of their breath and sustain notes for longer. Balanced tone will be treated in greater depth, including the science of formants and vocal tract shaping, as well as how to eliminate common technical errors. Discover the joy of music through your voice – songs suitable for all ages.

Ages: 8–11 years & 12–16 years
Courses Available: 1 Day Workshop, 3 Day Masterclass