Young People’s Theatre Newcastle

2024 Class Timetable + Class Descriptions

YPT 2024 Class Timetable

ENROLMENT NOW OPEN: Enrolments are now open for external students! Check out the timetable below to see available classes and waitlists.

SCHOOL YEAR: ‘YRS’ refers to the school year in 2024 and not the student’s age.
POST-SCHOOL*: Some classes (where specified) are open to students in their first or second year after finishing Year 12. 
CLASS DESCRIPTIONS: Descriptions for each class are provided below the timetable.

Monday

MON 4.00pm–5.30pm

YRS 11/12 + POST-SCHOOL*
THINK BEYOND Drama

*Post-school students in the first or second year after finishing Year 12 can apply for this class.

MON 4.00pm–5.30pm

YRS 9/10 Musical Theatre

*Must enrol in Drama to access class.

MON 5.30pm–7.30pm

YRS 11/12 + POST-SCHOOL*
THINK BEYOND MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE – CAST A

*Post-school students in the first or second year after finishing year 12 can apply for this class.

*Students in the Think Beyond Performance Ensemble commit to a year-long class with a production at the end of the year

MON 5.30pm–7.00pm

Yrs 10+ MUSICAL THEATRE
(YRS 10-12)

*Must enrol in either Drama or a Think Beyond Class to access this class.

MON 5.30pm–7.00pm

YrS 9/10 Drama

MON 7.00pm–8.30pm

Yrs 10+ Drama
(YRS 10-12)

MON 7.45pm–8.45pm

JAZZ Level 3 (Yrs 9+)

*Must enrol in either Drama or a Think Beyond Class to access this class.

MON 8.45pm–9.15pm

Tap Level 3 (Yrs 9+)

*Must enrol in either Drama or a Think Beyond Class to access this class.

Tuesday

TUE 4.00pm–6.00pm

YRS 11/12 + POST-SCHOOL*
THINK BEYOND MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE – Cast B

*Post-school students in the first or second year after finishing year 12 can apply for this class.

*Students in the Think Beyond Performance Ensemble commit to a year-long class with a production at the end of the year

TUE 4.00pm–4.30pm

30min jazz level 1 (Yrs 7+)

*Must enrol in either Drama or a Think Beyond Class to access this class.

TUE  4:00pm–4:30pm

Small Group Singing
(Yrs 2/3/4)

*Must enrol in Drama to access class.

TUE 4.00pm–5.30pm

Year 5/6 Drama

TUE 4.30pm–5.30pm

yrs 7/8 musical theatre

*Must enrol in a Drama Class to access this class.

TUE 4.30pm–6.00pm

YrS 9/10 Drama

TUE 5.30pm–6.30pm

yrs 5/6 musical theatre

*Must enrol in a Drama Class to access this class.

TUE 5.30pm–7.00pm

YrS 7/8 Drama

TUE 6.00pm–7.30pm

YRS 11/12 + POST-SCHOOL*
THINK BEYOND Drama

*Post-school students in the first or second year after finishing Year 12 can apply for this class.

TUE 6.00pm–7.30pm

YRS 9/10 Musical Theatre

*Must enrol in Drama to access class.

Wednesday

WED 3:30pm–4:00pm

Small Group Singing
(Yrs 3/4)

*Must enrol in Drama to access class.

WED 4.00pm–5.00pm

yrs 5/6 musical theatre

*Must enrol in a Drama class to access this class.

WED 4.00pm–5.00pm

Year 3/4 Drama

WED 5.00pm–6.30pm

Year 5/6 Drama

WED 5.00pm–6.00pm

BEGINNER BEHIND THE SCENES TECH (YRS 7+)

*Must enrol in Drama to access class.

WED 5.00pm–6.00pm

SING ACT MOVE (YRS 3/4)

*Must enrol in Drama to access class.

WED 6.00pm–7.00pm

JAZZ Level 2 (Yrs 7+)

*Must enrol in either Drama or a Think Beyond Class to access this class.

WED 7.00pm–8.00pm

TAP Level 2 (Yrs 7+)

*Must enrol in either Drama or a Think Beyond Class to access this class.

Thursday

THUR 3:30pm–4:00pm

Small Group Singing
(Yrs 3/4)

*Must enrol in Drama to access class.

THUR 4.00pm–4.30pm

TAP KIDS (yrs 5/6)

*Must enrol in Drama  to access this class.

THUR 4.00pm–5.00pm

Year 3/4 Drama

THUR 4.00pm–5.00pm

Year 1/2 Drama

THUR 4.00pm–5.30pm

Year 7/8 Drama

THUR 4.30pm–5.30pm

JAZZ KIDS (yrs 5/6)

*Must enrol in Drama to access this class.

THUR 5.00pm–6.00pm

Year 3/4 Drama

THUR 5.00pm–6.00pm

SING ACT MOVE (YRS 2/3/4)

*Must enrol in Drama to access class.

THUR 5.30pm–6.30pm

JAZZ Level 1 (Year 7+)

*Must enrol in either Drama or a Think Beyond Class to access this class.

THUR 5.30pm–7.00pm

Year 5/6 Drama

THUR 6.00pm–6.30pm

JAZZ minis (yrs 2/3/4)

*Must enrol in Drama to access this class.

THUR 6.30pm–7.00pm

TAP Level 1 (Year 7+)

*Must enrol in either Drama or a Think Beyond Class to access this class.

THUR 6.00pm–9.00pm

ADVANCED BEHIND THE SCENES TECH
(YRS 9+)

*Students may apply to access this class without enrolling in Drama.

*Enrolment and applications granted on a per-student basis.

Saturday

SAT 9.00am–10.00am

Year 2 Drama

SAT 9.00am–10.00am

SING ACT MOVE
(YRS 3/4)

*Must enrol in Drama to access class.

SAT 9.00am–10.30am

Year 5/6 Drama

SAT 9.00am–10.30am

Year 9/10 Drama

SAT 9.30am–10.30am

yrs 7/8 mUSICAL tHEATRE

*Must enrol in Drama to access class.

SAT 10.00am–11.00am

SING ACT MOVE
(YRS 1/2)

*Must enrol in Drama to access class.

SAT 10.00am–11.00am

Year 3/4 Drama

SAT 10.30am–11.30am

yrs 5/6 mUSICAL tHEATRE

*Must enrol in Drama to access class.

SAT 10.30am–12.00pm

yrs 9/10 mUSICAL tHEATRE

*Must enrol in Drama to access class.

SAT 10.30am–12.00pm

Year 7/8 Drama

SAT 11.00am–12.00pm

Year 1 Drama

SAT 11.00am–11:30am

Small Group Singing
(Yrs 2/3/4)

*Must enrol in Drama to access class.

SAT 11.00am–11.30am

TAP MINIS (yrs 2/3/4)

*Must enrol in either Drama to access this class.

SAT 11.30am–12:00pm

TAP KIDS (yrs 5/6)

*Must enrol in either Drama to access this class.

SAT 11.30am–12.00pm

Small Group Singing
(Yrs 2/3/4)

*Must enrol in Drama to access class.

YPT Class Descriptions

Core Classes

Primary Drama

60 minute classes – $318 per Semester (Two Terms) – years 1-4
90 minute classes – $437 per Semester (Two Terms) – years 5-6

Drama classes are the foundation for all other YPT classes and productions. Drama Classes teach students valuable performance and life skills in a fun and engaging environment. Drama encourages students to think creatively as they develop their confidence through a wide variety of inclusive, energetic, and fun activities. Drama is the foundation of all performing arts disciplines and students will have the opportunity to explore other areas of performing such as basic voice and movement, puppetry, improvisation, and script work.

Note: Students must enrol in drama to access extension classes

High School Drama

90 minute classes – $437 per Semester (Two Terms)

Drama classes are the foundation for all other YPT classes and productions. Students enrolled in high school drama classes will be provided with age appropriate content catered specifically to their class group. Students will be given the opportunity to explore a wide variety of forms and styles while building their skills and confidence in performing. Drama is an excellent way to build life skills in a fun and inclusive environment.

*Students must enrol in drama to access extension classes until Year 11 for Think Beyond or permission may be granted for Advanced Tech Students on a per-student basis. 

Think Beyond Musical Theatre – Performance Ensemble

120 MINUTES CLASS – $580 PER SEMESTER (TWO TERMS)

Note: In enrolling for this class in Semester 1, students are committed for both Semester 1 and 2 (four terms) due to working on a production.

The Think Beyond Musical Theatre Performance Ensemble spend their class time working on a production to be staged in a short season in Term 4. Audition preparation, auditions and rehearsals will occur during class time. Only minimal commitment is required outside of class time – this commitment will occur closer to their performance date. Students will develop the skills and understanding required to create a high quality production as well as learn other valuable tools which will help them to succeed as a performer.

Note: The Think Beyond Musical Theatre Performance Ensemble production is full-length production and a formal part of the 2024 season. The title of the production will be announced at the Think Beyond Taster Workshop on December 5th.

Acceptance into the Think Beyond Program is not automatic. All enrolments are Expression of Interest only, and places are confirmed by the end of 2023. 

Think Beyond Drama

90 minutes class – $437 per Semester (Two Terms)

 

Think Beyond Drama will be a focused class with a flexible curriculum designed to challenge our senior students while providing a collaborative and engaging classroom environment. The focus of this class is to engage in Drama styles, that will allow our students to develop their personal performance and theatre literacy through group and individual work and high quality workshops

Acceptance into the Think Beyond Program is not automatic. All enrolments are Expression of Interest only, and places are confirmed by the end of 2023. 

YPT Extension Class Descriptions

YPT offers extension classes to currently enrolled drama students to further develop their skills, confidence and understanding in other areas of the performing arts.

Students in years 1 to 10 must enrol in a Drama class before they can access the extension class program as Drama provides the foundational skills for all our classes.

Year 11 and 12 students may choose either Think Beyond Drama, Think Beyond Musical Theatre class or regular Drama Classes. Following enrolment in a Think Beyond Class, they may access other Extension Classes applicable to their Year group. Refer to the Extension Class list below.

Students in Years 9 and above are eligible to apply to access the Behind the Scenes Technical Class without drama.

How to enrol in Extension Classes

CURRENT YPT STUDENTS: Once registered for Drama you will receive a link via email to enrol in extension classes. 

FUTURE YPT STUDENTS: View our Timetable and Waitlist for your preferred drama class. Following enrolment in a drama class you can access our extension classes.

FUTURE SENIOR YPT STUDENTS YRS 11/12 (Think Beyond): Register for any of our Think Beyond Courses with available spaces. You are able to choose either a Musical Theatre OR Drama option. Following enrolment in a Think Beyond course you can access our Extension Class program. Enrolment in Think Beyond is not guaranteed. A member of YPT will contact you to confirm your enrolment.

FUTURE SENIOR YPT STUDENTS YRS 10+ (Advanced Tech Class): Register for Advanced Tech Class via the website. Following enrolment in the Advanced Tech  course you can access our Extension Class program. Enrolment in the Advanced Tech Class is not guaranteed. A member of the YPT will contact you to confirm your enrolment. 

Musical Theatre

Sing-Act-Move

60 minute classes – $318 per Semester (Two Terms)

Sing-Act-Move is the perfect introduction for students interested in exploring the basics of singing, dance, and storytelling. A fun, engaging and supportive class where students learn the fundamentals of performance such as rhythm and musicality through voice work and movement sequences. Students learn to use their voice and bodies to tell stories and keep active in an upbeat and energetic class. This a great introduction class for students interested in auditioning for our productions or doing Musical Theatre or Dance in future years.

Musical Theatre

60 minute classes – $318 per Semester (Two Terms)
90 minute classes – $437 per Semester (Two Terms)

Musical Theatre combines the disciplines of Singing, Dancing and Acting into one high-energy class. This Ensemble based class is perfect for students who wish to challenge themselves in a fun and supportive environment while they learn how to tell stories through voice, movement and characterisation.

Dance

Jazz Minis

60 minute class – $318 per Semester (Two Terms)

For students in years 2–4. An energetic, active, fun and supportive class where students learn the foundations of Jazz Dance and develop skills and confidence in dance performance. Great for students wishing to audition for our productions. 

Jazz Kids

60 minute class – $318 per Semester (Two Terms)

For students in years 5–6. An energetic, active, fun and supportive class where students learn the foundations of Jazz Dance and develop skills and confidence in dance performance. Great for students wishing to audition for our productions. 

Jazz: Level 1–3

60 minute class – $318 per Semester (Two Terms)

Strengthen dance technique; develop skills and confidence to dance in Musical Productions; develop ability to pick up choreography quickly and add explore character. An energetic, active, fun and supportive class!

Jazz is offered in two levels based on experience:

  • Jazz Level 1: enrols students in Year 7+ Beginners
  • Jazz Level 2: enrols students in Year 7+ Intermediate 
  • Jazz Level 3: enrols students in Year 9+ Intermediate to Advanced.

Enrolment in Jazz Level 2 and Jazz Level 3 is not automatic. Please enrol in your preferred class and a member of the YPT Team will contact you to confirm enrolment. 

Tap Minis

30 minute class – $162 per Semester (Two Terms)

This class is a mini class offered to students in Year 2–4 to give an introduction and foundation to Tap Dancing. Learn basic tap combos; patterns and foundation steps. An active class building confidence and stamina in a fun, engaging, supportive environment while building skills in musicality and rhythm.

Tap Kids

30 minute class – $162 per Semester (Two Terms)

This class is a mini class offered to students in Year 5–6 to give build foundations in Tap Dancing. Learn basic tap combos; patterns and foundation steps. An active class building confidence and stamina in a fun, engaging, supportive environment while building skills in musicality and rhythm.

Tap Level 1–3

30 MINUTE CLASS – $162 PER SEMESTER (TWO TERMS)
60 MINUTE CLASS – $318 PER SEMESTER (TWO TERMS)

Recommended for the development of skills in rhythm, musicality and dance technique. Learn basic to challenging tap combos; terminology; tap patterns and tap styles. An active class building confidence and stamina in a fun, engaging, supportive environment.

Tap is offered in three levels:

  • Tap Level 1: enrols students in Year 7+ who are at a Beginner Level 
  • Tap Level 2: enrols students in Year 7+ who are at an Intermediate Level 
  • Tap Level 3: enrols students in Year 9+ who have experience and are an Intermediate to Advanced Level. 
Enrolment in Jazz Level 2 and Jazz Level 3 is not automatic. Please enrol in your preferred class and a member of the YPT Team will contact you to confirm enrolment. 

Specialist Classes

Years 7+ Behind the Scenes Technical Class

60 MINUTE CLASS – $318 PER SEMESTER (TWO TERMS)

These classes include the technical aspects of theatre including lighting and sound design and operation; backstage crew , stage management, etc. The classes cover both theory and practical aspects of production support. Students in these classes will get the opportunity to provide technical support to YPT productions and events.

Years 9+ Advanced Technical Class

60 MINUTE CLASS – $318 PER SEMESTER (TWO TERMS)

These classes include the technical aspects of theatre including lighting and sound design and operation; backstage crew , stage management, etc. The classes cover both theory and practical aspects of production support. Students in these classes will get the opportunity to provide technical support to YPT productions and events.

Tech classes are offered in a workshop format, with three 3-hour classes per term, to be advised in first week of classes.

Enrolment is based on individual application and experience. Contact enrolment@ypt.org.au for more info 

External enrolment available for Years 9+ without accessing drama via application. External students who do not attend drama, are not eligible to perform in productions, however they are eligible to apply for crew.

Private Tuition

Private Tuition (Singing)

30 minute individual lesson– $40/Lesson (billed by the term)

Beginners to advanced levels, classes are tailored to the students needs. High-quality 30 minute weekly lessons taught by qualified and experienced teachers. After understanding students’ goals, teachers create individualised lessons to strengthen singing techniques, build performance confidence, prepare for auditions or school assessments, prepare for selective schools auditions, and develop a personal repertoire. Option to sit formal singing exams

Private Tuition (Drama)

30 minute individual lesson – $40/ LESSON (billed by the term)

Beginners to advanced levels, classes are tailored to the students needs. High-quality 30 minute weekly lessons taught by qualified and experienced teachers. After understanding students’ goals, teachers create individualised lessons to strengthen drama practise, build performance confidence, prepare for auditions or school assessments, prepare for selective schools auditions, and develop a personal repertoire.

Private Tuition (Tap)

30 minute individual lesson – $40/ LESSON (billed by the term)

Beginners to advanced levels, classes are tailored to the students needs. High-quality 30 minute  weekly lessons taught by qualified and experienced teachers. These lessons are for students who may need a more one on one approach with these practical skills. Students will work on building their rhythm and musicality and foundational skills. Attending group tap classes is encouraged if viable for the child, however this option is available for those who need to access it.

Small Group Singing Classes

30 MINUTE SEMI-PRIVATE LESSON – $324 PER  SEMESTER (2 TERMS)

Small group singing lessons are semi-private lessons focusing on building students’ musicality, pitch and rhythm. Students would attend this class in lieu of private singing lessons. This is different to our Musical Theatre classes and it is encouraged to do in addition to our regular extension classes. Students will be grouped in groups of 4 students of similar ages.

Students will learn a song together as a group of 4, and work on small group repertoire as opposed to individual work. This is a great stepping stone for students who would be interested in Private Singing Lessons in the future.