Orange Regional Conservatorium in collaboration with UpStage NSW is excited to present the UpStage Musical Theatre Workshop. Built with the aim of bringing high-quality music, dance and drama education to the Central West, UpStage is a high-quality, fun, engaging day that will inspire and empower your young performers.
Sessions will include Performance Skills, Voice, Drama, Dance and the Business of Theatre. Younger performers (aged 8-14) will develop their confidence in age-appropriate, fun, collaborative performance classes while older performers (15-18) will participate in tailored, small-group sessions focused on building a career as a performing artist. All participants will get to create a group performance for parents that showcases the learning they’ve done throughout the day.
This is a fun, creative workshop, designed to inspire future performers! Due to COVID-19 Distancing Restrictions, places are limited, so be sure to secure your place now!
This year, our Faculty for UpStage Orange are:
Jarrod Draper (Dance & Drama)
A proud Wiradjuri man, Jarrod is the first Indigenous graduate from the prestigious Music Theatre course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He was most recently seen in Catch Me if you Can at Hayes Theatre Co.
Billie Palin (Drama & Vocals)
Young and up-coming theatre sensation from Dubbo, Billie Palin took out first place and the audience choice award in the 2019 Sydney Cabaret Competition. She was most recently seen in Hayes Theatre Co’s “H.M.S. Pinafore” as the gender-bending Ralph Rackstraw.
Jessica Westcott (Vocals, Improv & The Business of Theatre)
Jessica Westcott is an Opera Singer, Theatre Producer and Choral Director originally hailing from Parkes, NSW. She is the Associate Producer at Hayes Theatre Co, performs with Opera Australia and is a Senior Conductor (NSW) for the Australian Girls Choir. She has a lifelong interest in improving arts education for Regional NSW.
How the day will run
9-10am: Introduction and Getting to know you activities
10-11:30am: Under 12 – Dance workshop with Jarrod, 12+ Singing workshop with Jess
11:45 – 1pm Music Theatre Scenes with Billie and Jarrod
1:30 – 3pm Under 12 – Singing workshop with Jess 12+ Dance workshop with Jarrod
3pm – 4:15pm Under 12 – Improvisation and Stage Skills with Billie, 12+ Improvisation and Business of Music Theatre with Jess and Jarrod
4:30-5:15pm Preparation for group presentation
5:15 – 5:30pm Presentation for family and friends
All activities will be held in the various rooms of the Orange Regional Conservatorium, and we strictly enforce social distancing. We will make sure to obey the current NSW Health advice on singing in groups, we have adaptive plans to suit any restriction level.