A typical lesson may include a warm-up game aimed at encouraging students to mix and work together, a focus exercise teaching students to maintain concentration, an activity exploring one of the elements of drama and performance, an opportunity to create a short performance in small groups with a given stimulus and a chance to both perform in front of the class and participate as a part of an appreciative audience.
Older groups extend on these exercises as they develop performance techniques and also critique each others work. This helps students learn to understand what makes a quality performance in an environment built on trust and mutual respect.
At UpStage we recognise the sense of empowerment a student feels when they are given the opportunity to perform. Students are given the opportunity to perform every week during class and twice a year in auditioned productions which are performed in a variety of outdoor settings such as Maddies of Bolwarra and Tocal Homestead. Once a year UpStage also presents a One Act Play Festival showcasing the work of students prepared in class.