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 end-of-year productions, 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 expects a high level of communication skills.
All teachers are hand picked. All teachers have performing arts training. For students to thrive in a performing arts setting, students need to be assured by capable teachers that they are safe. When a student feels safe in a setting they will speak up and participate. Creating this safety and trust is paramount to allow students to develop and engage. The right teacher will create this experience in every lesson.
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.