Original Photo: Matt Biocich

Junior Gecko Ensembles are for people aged 8 -12 years

“The Junior Gecko Ensemble is a wonderful program that allows any child to release their inner creative abilities. To see your child glow with joy and confidence after a session is priceless. I highly recommend this program to all kids.”
– Parent of Junior Gecko Ensemble member 2016

The Junior Gecko Ensemble is the perfect place for participants to have fun and lose themselves in the joy of drama, while also refining social, emotional and creative skills. Ensemble members enjoy extending themselves as they learn more about the craft of acting, developing character, playmaking and script interpretation.

Junior Gecko Ensembles are very popular and are available at UWA, the Subiaco Arts Centre, Koorliny Arts Centre in Kwinana, the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre now in Midland at the Midland Junction arts Centre. Regional Junior Gecko Ensembles are available at the Broome Civic Centre and in Toodyay . The Gecko Ensemble program is expanding look out for new venues opening up in the Perth metropolitan and WA regional areas.

Term 1: It’s a funny thing…

The Term 1 theme for our Gecko Ensembles is It’s a funny thing… The ancient Greeks had two masks representing theatre: one for tragedy and one for comedy. But in recent times comedy has often seen as the poor cousin of its more serious… cousin. So this term we’re slapping on the clown makeup, lacing up our gigantic shoes and pushing comedy right out into the spotlight. Term 1 is about laughter! Why do we laugh? What are funny stories for? How do they work? Why do we need them? And why are they so much fun to explore?

From Mr Bean to Monty Python, we’ll be ripping into hilarious performances, learning fundamental comic skills: physical comedy and comic timing.

Term 1 is a PROCESS term this means we are focussed on introducing young people to the fundamental elements of acting through a powerful and relevant theme, and not on rehearsing for a performance outcome. We invite parents in at the end of term for an open rehearsal where they are able to see what the ensemble has been working on throughout the term. By the end of the term participants will have developed their ability to improvise and will have an increased confidence and range in their imaginative, vocal and physical expression.

Looking for what we got up to in previous terms? We cleaned this page up a bit but you can still read about the content of those terms here.

Term programs are correct at the time of publication but may change during the year in response to changing circumstances or to better meet the needs of children enrolled in an Ensemble group. More details about individual Term programs will be made available when enrolments open for that term.

You can find a Junior Gecko Ensemble at the following venues.

Gecko Ensembles run every week of the school term, starting from week one of each term. Each term concludes with a showing for parents and friends at the last session of the term.

Midland Junction Arts Centre – Midland

Dates – Term One Saturday 3 February – 31 March, 2018
Times 10:30am – 12.00pm
Venue Midland Junction Arts Centre, 276 Great Eastern Hwy, Midland
Cost $200 or $180 with early bird special*

The University of Western Australia

Dates – Term One Saturday 3 February – 31 March, 2018 – CLASS FULL 
Times 9 – 10.30am
Venue UWA, Meet at Jackson Court adjacent to the Dolphin and Octagon Theatres before each class
Cost $300 or $270 with early bird special*

Dates – Term One Saturday 3 February – 31 March, 2018
Times 11 – 12.30pm
Venue UWA, Meet at Jackson Court adjacent to the Dolphin and Octagon Theatres before each class
Cost $300 or $270 with early bird special*

Koorliny Arts Centre – Kwinana

Dates -Term One Saturday 3 February – 31 March, 2018
Times 10:30am – 12.00pm
Venue Koorliny Arts Centre, 10 Hutchins Way, Kwinana
Cost $200 or $180 with early bird special*

Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre

Dates – Term One Saturday 3 February – 31 March, 2018
Times 11am – 12.30pm
Venue Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre,48 Canning Rd, Kalamunda
Cost $300 or $270 with early bird special*

Subiaco Arts Centre

Dates – Term One  – Wednesday 7 February – 4 April, 2018 – CLASS FULL 
Times 4.00 – 5.30pm
Venue Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco
Cost $300 or $270 with early bird special*

REGIONAL GECKO ENSMBLES

Broome

Dates – Term One Saturday 3 February – 31 March, 2018
Times 9 – 10.30am
Venue Goolarri Media, Gimme Bar
Cost $200 or $180 with early bird special*

Toodyay in association with Toodyay Theatre Group

Dates – Term One Tuesday 6 February – 3 April, 2018
Times Tuesday, 4.00 – 5.30pm
Venue Toodyay Memorial Hall
Costs $200 or $180 with early bird special*

*Early bird discount available until 21 January 2018.

TERM ONE 2018 GECKO ENSEMBLES ENROLMENTS ARE OPEN.
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