About Sun Stage
A stage school for young
performers and storytellers.
Sun Stage is a theatre school for young performers and storytellers, offering programs for preschool, primary and secondary school aged students. We currently run classes at two locations in Tugun, and in Kingscliff.
Through weekly sessions, students gain foundational drama skills in characterisation, physicality and speech, working in a fun, supportive environment with children of a similar age and skill level.
Weekly rehearsals with an experienced drama director
Develop acting techniques and performance skills
Build confidence and social skills
Express their creativity
Develop language and public speaking skills
Work towards performing on stage
Engage with acclaimed children's literature
Improve focus and team work.
Our classes for younger students will often include an element of craft, such as making masks and puppets or illustrating characters before performing them. Our older students focus predominantly on developing their skill set as actors, and will have the opportunity to engage with different styles of acting including improvisation, stage and screen.
The Sun Stage teaching methodology places an emphasis on giving children a place where their uniqueness is celebrated. Our classes prioritise providing a fun and inclusive experience for our students, whilst we work towards bolstering confidence, encouraging teamwork and nurturing creativity.
Enrolments into our Sun Stage programs are on a term-by-term basis. Our classes run in line with the Queensland/New South Wales school term dependent on venue location.
There is no audition process involved with joining our theatre school, and all new students are welcome to try a class prior to enrolling. An Open Day will be scheduled during the school holidays in lead up to each term, where prospective students can participate in a mini class with children of a similar age. Our Open Day also gives parents the opportunity to come along and watch a class, meet our teachers, and discuss any questions you may have in person.
Term fees must be paid at the commencement of classes, and can be purchased via our online store. Please understand that fees are not refundable due to change of mind, as places in our classes are limited.
Joeys: 30 minute class $100 per term ($10 per week)
Beginners: 45 minute class $150 per term ($15 per week)
Juniors: 60 minute class $200 per term ($20 per week)
Intermediate: 60 minute class $200 per term ($20 per week)
From Our Founder
In founding Sun Stage, I hoped to create a place for aspiring actors, enthusiastic young performers, and kids with great big imaginations to come together.
I remember attending my first musical theatre class when I was 10 years old. It was the first time I felt like I had found ‘my people’; and it was a wonderful feeling!
It’s been incredible to see the performance skills and confidence of our students grow from week-to-week through our classes. We hope that sooner rather than later, we will be able to show off their many talents on the stage.
Hope to see you in class soon!
Where and when will classes take place?
In Term 4 2020, classes will take place on Mondays at Kingscliff Anglican Church, Tuesday at The Body Method Studio (upstairs) Cornerstone Stores, Tugun, and on Wednesday at Tom Atkin Hall, Tugun. Our Term 4 class schedule can be found here.
What’s involved in a class?
Each class will begin with a warm up and then moves on to activities that aim to develop key performance skills including character development, vocal projection and technique and ensemble collaboration. These activities will be tailored to suit the age and ability of each group. Our Junior, Intermediate and Senior groups will also delve into improvisation techniques and script work, whilst our Joey and Beginner groups will focus more on imaginative play, story telling and following direction. While we aim to develop performance skills, our classes are predominantly about building confidence, nurturing creativity and having fun.
Are caregivers required to participate in the class?
No, caregivers are not required to participate. Some stay at the venue to watch our class or do computer work, but most drop their children off, and then return at the end of class.
Can caregivers stay and watch?
Yes, parents are welcome to stay for the duration of the class, however, in my experience, most students are more focused and involved in activities when their parents are not there.
UPDATE: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, parents will not be able to sit in on all classes at our Kingscliff and Cornerstone venues at this time due to space capacity. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this with us, or enquire into whether there are any smaller classes where parents will be able to come along.
Can we try a class before enrolling for a whole term?
All new students are welcome to try a class prior to enrolling. An Open Day will be scheduled during the school holidays in lead up to each term where prospective students can participate in a mini class with children of a similar age. Our Open Day also gives parents the opportunity to come along and watch a class, meet our teachers, and discuss any questions you may have in person. If there are not enough children to run an Open Day class, prospective students will be welcome to come along to the first class of term as their ‘trial’.
What does my child need to wear and bring to class?
Students aren’t required to bring anything to class. They may like to have a drink bottle with them, but this isn’t essential. Students should wear clothes that they feel comfortable moving around in. We recommend nothing too special, as sometimes we end up slithering around on our bellies like snakes, or crawling around on our knees like puppies.
Will there be a performance at the end of the term?
At the present time, we unfortunately aren’t able to guarantee an end of term performance for all our groups. We are constantly evolving with COVID-19 regulations as well as QLD/NSW border restrictions.