TERM 2 . 2021


DAYS :  Monday and Friday (10 weeks)

FIRST CLASS TERM 2 : Monday 3rd May, 2021
Beginners/ Juniors: (from 6 years old)  Fridays  3.45pm - 4.45pm
Covers confidence building, basic drama techniques, basic musical theatre skills and group activities
Intermediate/ Inbetweeners: (from 9 years old) Fridays 4.45pm - 5.45pm 
Delves further into the drama curriculum and building on foundations previously created.
Seniors/ Super teens: (from 11 years old) Mondays 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Moves to the level focusing on dialogue, character breakdown and more advanced drama techniques
TEACHER :  Michelle Beling-Pretorius (meet Michelle below)
VENUES : Mondays at St Johns venue (next to Ignite), Fridays at Ignite Arts Academy 
PRICES :  $13 per class (payable by the term)

This year in Musical Theatre we are going to 'make pancakes'.

Term 1 We will throw a little of each of the ingredients into the bowl to make the 'batter'. We'll focus on; team play, confidence building and the basics of how musical theatre turns into a production.

Term 2 Will be the most gritty we will cook the pancake focussing on the skills necessary to make an entire production. Stage directions. All people involved in a production. Focussing also on discovering each child's strengths and where they are comfortable.

Term 3 Adding the cinnamon and sugar to the pancake. This is the good stuff the foundation has been laid and now we start putting everything together to get the taste of musical theatre that we want. Focussing on actual script work, Auditions and how to play to your strengths.

Term 4 This is when we add the syrup and the pancake is ready to be eaten and shown to the world... Showcase time. Using what we have learnt to audition for the showcase, giving out parts. Turning every role no matter how small into a masterpiece and then showcasing it to family and friends.


DAYS  :  Mondays and Fridays.  (Starting in Term 2)
TIME :    Mondays. :  4.30 - 5.30pm
               Fridays  :  1.45 - 2.45pm. (followed by a light afternoon tea at 2.45pm at Covid Level 1)
TEACHER : Michelle Pretorius
VENUE : Mondays at St Johns Hall, Fridays at Ignite Dance Studio
        $11 per class (payable by the term)
        $13 per class (casual rate, pay as you go)

Find your inner Lion…

For some, confidence is something you are born with. We look at those in wonder and shudder at the way they stand up in crowds, walk into busy rooms or speak without fear. They are everything we are not. We hide in our homes in our back offices crumbling when we have to order a coffee at the local café. For us confidence seems so far out of reach, a dream, an undeniable missing piece of our DNA.

Ignite recognises how tough a lack of confidence feels and how debilitating it can be in life. Whether it was something you were born without or whether someone took it away from you, we want to help! Through our ever growing drama department we have put together a special programme this year for those of you who are feeling lost. Whether it be in your personal life or work life through a programme called Find your inner Lion.  This programme focusses specifically on confidence building. Our programme co coordinator Michelle Beling-Pretorius will work through many different dramatical mediums to find your roarrr!

As part of the programme we encourage a meet and greet in a small social environment. Have a cuppa with people who may be experiencing similar confidence issues.

Our programme includes:
Drama through all dramatical fields covering a variety of concepts including:

  • Mirror techniques
  • Being charitable
  • Positive things journal
  • Sorry!
  • Fake it till you make it
  • Compliments
  • Don’t compare
  • Life is short
  • Self-love
  • Who is deserving
  • Challenge exercises
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone
  • Eye contact
  • Meditation
  • Inhibitions
  • Talking to yourself

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TIMES: 10.15AM - 11AM

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Michelle Beling-Pretorius hails from South Africa and has been in the country less than a year but feels so blessed to have found a new home with her family in such a beautiful country like New Zealand.

She has been involved in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years. Over 12 years in professional television productions and before that she had a long career in both amateur and professional musical theatre. She is well known to South Africans as Wendy from Isidingo and Candy from Egoli both 2 long running television dramas.

She has a passion for passing down her knowledge to young (and older) budding actors and can’t wait to work with the talented and vibrant students at Ignite. She is also looking forward to helping Maxine and Ray grow the drama department.


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