On Stage

Our popular school holiday performing arts program for 8-17 year olds.

On Stage October School Holiday Program

On Stage returns for the October school holidays with a range of theatre, circus, and musical theatre workshops for 8 - 17 year olds.

Registrations have now closed for the October school holidays program.

Musical Theatre 2 Day Workshop

If you love musical theatre, this is the workshop for you! Developed around the three major components of musical theatre - dancing, singing, and acting - students will learn a range of vocal activities, acting technique, movement exercises, as well as musical numbers to practice and perform. Be nurtured and free to learn and explore in a professional, safe and supported environment and learn the makings of the ‘triple-threat’!

Workshop for 8 - 11 Year Olds
Thursday 30 September and Friday 1 October 8.45am to 4.00pm
Cost: $185.00
Venue: Space Theatre
Educators: Catherine Campbell, Paul Sinkinson, Alex Wignall

Workshop for 12 - 17 Year Olds

When: Tuesday 28 September and Wednesday 29 September, 8.45am to 4.00pm
Cost: $185.00
Venue: Space Theatre
Educators: Catherine Campbell, Paul Sinkinson, Alex Wignall

Improv 2 Day Workshop

Lead by South Australia's leading theatre maker for young people Sean Riley, this intensive two day masterclass is an absolute must for serious young actors. This is long form improvisation, where the performers create characters from the ground up, and are thrown into a world of Sean's making. There are no rehearsals and no escape, as actors impro scenarios for hours at a time, always maintaining their character in the rules of this new world.

With an emphasis on truth and daring, Sean now runs Free Agents Youth Theatre, and his method has been thrilling young actors for years. These workshops provide strategies for helping young actors enhance their performance work, and are ideal for young actors who are serious about developing their craft further.

For 8 - 11 Year Olds
Thursday 7 and Friday 8 October, 8:45am to 4pm
Cost: $185.00
Venue: Artspace
Educators: Sean Riley

For 12 - 17 Year Olds

When: Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 October, 8:45am to 4pm
Cost: $185.00
Venue: Artspace
Educators: Sean Riley

Circus: The Show Performance & Circus Workshop Package (8 - 11 Years)

Enjoy Circus: The Show in the newly refurbished Her Majesty's Theatre, and then participate in a 90 minute circus workshop lead by CircoBATS.

Learn new skills and have the opportunity to delve into the world of circus performance inspired by the show. 

When: Tuesday 28 September 2pm to 5pm (2pm show with a 3:30pm workshop)
Cost: $50.00
Venue: Her Majesty's Theatre (show) & Rehearsal Room (workshop)
Educators: CircoBATS

On Stage Program Scholarships

Proudly funded by the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation

The Adelaide Festival Centre offers a limited number of scholarship opportunities to participants at no cost. These positions are available to young people who would not normally have the opportunity to participate in arts learning due to financial or remote location reasons. Remote applications are also eligible to apply for travel assistance.

Adelaide Festival Centre On Stage Scholarship - Expression of Interest

Please contact the Program Executive on 8216 8545 or on.stage@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au for further information.

Applications for the On Stage Program Scholarships for October close Friday 10 September.


In accordance with SA Health advice Adelaide Festival Centre is beginning to welcome back patrons in relevant stages and in line with events that can comply with required distancing measures. The On Stage School Holiday program is one such event that Adelaide Festival Centre is pleased to have return to the venue. More information about Adelaide Festival Centre’s COVID policies and FAQs can be viewed here.

For further information please contact the Program Executive on 8216 8545 or on.stage@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

The On Stage program is supported by Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation. You can support the work of the Foundation in delivering youth and education programs and career development opportunities.

What is On Stage?

Every school holidays we bring together the best dance, theatre and vocal instructors to teach participants in all areas of the performing arts.

These specialised workshops and masterclasses are delivered in a fun and friendly environment with a focus on developing confidence, communication and leadership skills.

Parent Testimonials

"Leyla attended On Stage for the first time this summer. She thoroughly loved being a part of this great program, learnt a lot, made great friends and enjoyed performing. Please pass our thanks on to your team for such a great program, we are so appreciative. We enjoyed seeing Leyla thrive during the 2 weeks of On Stage and enjoyed the performance so much, it was so smooth, professional, relevant, vibrant, thought provoking and was so wonderful to see young people expressing and enjoying themselves through dance, movement and theatre."
"Every time my daughter participates in an On Stage workshop she comes away with so many new skills. She meets new people, has oodles of fun and always ends the week feeling really good about herself. The encouragement you all give her does her confidence the world of good. I find that this confidence flows through into Iris' school life and positively impacts on her academic results."
"You all go above and beyond – in particular I really appreciate the 'kiss and drop' service – it takes all the stress out of the drop off/pick up times for me."
“I just wanted to say huge thank you for the brilliant program you run through On Stage. It’s a highlight and a priority of the school holidays for my son. I send you a classic teenager and you return to me each day a happy, engaged, bright, energetic and enthusiastic human being that can’t stop talking, taking me through minute by minute what has happened that day”

Want to know more about On Stage?

View the program's Terms and Conditions here.