Let’s Talk Kids believes speech and drama training should ultimately have a performance outcome. The program, created by the LTK Director Melissa Webster, is fun-based and age-appropriate, but it has been prepared in a way that develops communication and social skills applicable to a modern, competitive, society. Many performing art academies offer speech and drama lessons that are game based. It is the belief that at LTK by offering students the platforms of international exams, local eisteddfods and constantly working towards performance outcomes, students are stretched and thus accelerated to enhance skills that are relevant to a modern fast-growing society that respects a high level of communication skill.
All teachers are hand picked and the first priority is how well the teachers work with very young children. LTK teachers need for the students to thrive and for children to thrive in performing arts they need to feel safe and confident enough to speak up and be guided as to how they can become the best version of themselves.
Let’s Talk Kids main objectives are to teach through the performing arts the basic skills of communication:
- The importance of using modulative devices – pitch, pace, pause and emphasis. Learning to change these devices to create an interesting and effective voice that people will listen to.
- Learn how to speak with expression and clarity.
- Learn and understand basic stagecraft: Where to stand on stage, what angle, which gestures work.
Learn about the importance of eye contact and gestures.
Proposed dates: 4-8 June 2018
Venue: Uniting Church Hall, Passage Street, Cleveland
ASCA – Promotes confidence, Rewards effort and Encourages excellence. It is a fantastic examining body to work with. The examiners are kind and want the children to succeed!
Students in groups of 5 – 6 members present a self devised performance and a poem with solo parts and then they are questioned in front of a live audience. (Audience consists of parents).
The Australian Speech Communication Association is affiliated with the English Speaking Board (international). About a month after the exam students receive results and certificates. Certain students who are very successful will receive medals.
It is a very valuable experience and parents enjoy watching their children present on stage.
This year students in year 3 and up will take part in these compulsory Group Communication exams in June in Cleveland. This is the second time LTK students have prepared for these exams. Prep students to year 2 are given the option to take the exam, but it is not required.
The exams are a great focus for the students and prepare the students well for stage. The students develop their communication skills and learn to work in a group setting to achieve results. Children will be assessed in class and put in age and ability groups to start preparing for assessment. The exams range from 15 to 30 minutes per group. Children are allowed to bring their own costume but will need to wear the LTK Uniform to present their poem at the start of the exam.
The exams cost between $35 and $45. The price ranges due to level and time for exam. The cost pays for the examiner and the hall and will be added to term 2 fees.
ASCA has a great website for more information – www.asca-speech.org
2019: Production Year
A 40 minute production involving all students within the program. Each school puts on their own show to a paying audience. Children are then given individual trophies awarding their achievements in Speech and Drama.
The show is semi professional with lighting and sound, sets, props and costumes in a professional theatre. Parents are not expected to pay for expensive costumes and tickets are very cheap so the whole family can enjoy the production.
Audition for main parts will occur in class in March 2019. Please note that generally students who have participated in LTK for at least a year, and have done well in Eisteddfods and exams in 2018, will be given priority in the audition process.
Confirmed Dates: Friday 29 November – 1 December 2019
Venue: Star Theatre, Imperial Playhouse, Manly West