How to find your perfect drama School
There are several key points you should take into consideration when trying to find suitable training at your local Drama School.
Before looking for an appropriate school decide what disciplines you would like your child to do.
WHAT KIND OF CLASSES ARE THERE?
- dance classes.
- acting classes.
- singing classes.
These can be taken separately or some performing Arts Schools offer them collectively in a three hour session.
WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO GAIN FROM THEIR CLASSES?
1. Confidence and social skills
3. Performance experience
7. Drama school entry
8. A combination of some or all the above
Being clear about your objective will help you to find the performing arts school that best suits your child.
WHAT AGE CAN MY CHILD START TAKING CLASSES?
Some take children as young as 2 years.
HOW CAN I BE SURE THE SCHOOL IS REPUTABLE AND THAT MY CHILD WILL BE SAFE?
Always make sure the teachers are CRB checked. Look carefully at the information on their website about their staff and read testimonials from other pupils who already attend. Find out how long it has been established and the background of the founders.
WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
Compare several and look at all classes available. Prepare a list of questions, call and speak to someone, gather as much information as possible to help you make an informed choice.
Ask for a free trial or taster session before you commit to paying for a full term.
Talk to other parents.
HOW MUCH ARE CLASSES?
Class costs vary tremendously. This is another good reason to compare several schools.
Some expect payment in advance, others in split payments and some will offer a pay-as-you-go rate. Some organisations offer free workshops.
DO I NEED TO BUY A UNIFORM?
Some do like you to wear their T Shirts or sweat shirts; this can be most effective for displays, festivals and exams. Though not all require uniform or, if they do, it is not compulsory.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR IF THERE IS NO UNIFORM?
Wear comfortable loose fitting clothes that allow you to move around freely and do wear sensible shoes. (No heels, Girls!)
SHOULD MY CHILD TAKE EXAMS?
Taking exams is a very personal choice. It is a great way to mark improvement, but equally, a display or a performance can also demonstrate this. Some offer an end of term report card.
MY CHILD WANTS TO BE AN ACTOR, WHAT SORT OF TRAINING SHOULD THEY BE HAVING?
An all round training in the three disciplines would be advantageous; also they should try to gain as much performance experience as possible. They should also read plays and visit the theatre whenever possible. They could also sign with an agent. Have a look at 'How to get an agent' for a guide to getting representation.