Class Information

Canvas Bag Drama School offers a non-obligation one class trial. Please ring or email to book your space and complete an enrolment form upon arrival. We appreciate your courtesy in confirming a permanent enrolment or not, within 24 hours of the trial class.

For more detailed information about our conditions of attendance and policies, please review the Parent Information.

We now have classes available at our South Brighton Campus.

2017 Calendar

Terms vary between 8 and 10 weeks depending on dates set by the Ministry of Education. We are closed on statutory holidays.

Term 1
7 February (Tuesday) - 13 April
Term 2
1 May - 6 July
Term 3
24 July - 21 September
Term 4
16 October - 14 December


Our youngest class for 5 - 7 year olds.

From the dusty desert to the depths of the ocean, let's go anywhere we want using our imagination!  Classes use myth and story, all designed to draw out children’s natural inclination to play pretend while learning the basic elements of theatre. These pretend play scenarios promote significant cognitive and social development. Children are given opportunities to display joyful self expression using physical movement, voice, props and music. A class full of superheroes, pixies and dragon.

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Weekly Schedule
Mondays 4 - 5pm or Thursdays 4 - 5pm.
$145 per term; Term 3 production surcharge additional $15.

Star Fleet

An interim class for 7 - 9 year olds.

In this age group, pretend play is used as scaffolding through which more complex cognitive development can take place. Children learn how to develop and write scripts through improvising and devising. Regular performing and subsequent peer evaluation within the class time, allows vital interaction to occur within the “safe zone” of the drama environment.

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Weekly Schedule
Mondays 5 - 6pm or Thursdays 5 - 6pm.
$145 per term; Term 3 production surcharge additional $15.

Quangle Wangle

Upper primary/intermediate class for 9 - 13 year olds.

This senior primary class moves from pretend play into symbolic. A range of activities sees participants using sophisticated role-play and script work as a way of exploring their own and the wider environment. Dramatic play in this group allows children to “make mistakes” and experiment — to be funny and serious, to practice again and again until they understand and perfect the role. In other words — learn how to think-on-your-feet when things go awry!

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Weekly Schedule
Tuesdays 4 - 5.15pm or Wednesdays 4 - 5.15pm.
$160 per term; Term 3 production surcharge additional $15.


 Felicity Williams, BMus (Hons), LTCL, LRSM, Dip Tchg

Felicity believes that imaginative games are the catalyst for the intellectual and emotional growth of children and to this end, she develops and participates extensively in children’s play patterns while teaching drama classes at Canvas Bag Drama School. She considers her work with children to be a privileged joyful interplay, and loves to see children, through the dramatic play she provides, move effortlessly between a real world and an imagined one.

Felicity has an Honours Degree in Composition from the University of Canterbury.

Lizzie Cook, MA Dip Tchng

Lizzie’s theatre background embraces twenty years of Music and Movement classes for pre-schoolers, study in Paris at the International Theatre School of Jacques Lecoq, workshops with renowned visitors to Aotearoa such as Philippe Gaulier and John Bolton, Acting and Musical Directing with Mervyn Thompson, touring her own theatre company, Pigtales and Artist in Residence at the Arts Centre of Christchurch in 1998. As well as continuing to teach drama, Lizzie also tutors an adult beginners class in Te Reo Māori at Hagley Community College. Lizzie has recently completed a Masters in Sociology at the University of Canterbury and is shortly to commence her PhD.

Gina Fowler, ASB NZ Speech Board

Gina has been teaching speech, creative drama and singing for the past twenty years. She is presently completing her licentiate diploma in Speech and Drama with the New Zealand Speech Board and her associate and licentiate diplomas with St Cecilia’s School of Music in voice. Gina is a member of the institute of Registered Music Teachers and is able to incorporate the love of drama and music to bring plenty of creativity to the classroom. Gina is inspired by how drama encourages confidence, creativity and courage. She works with all ages, encouraging her students to be fully involved in all aspects of the drama experience.

Grace Maguire

Grace is a Christchurch Girls' High School student, she volunteers at Canvas Bag Drama School every Thursday from 3.45pm to 5.00pm.  This voluntary works will enable her to gain her silver Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award, having already completed the Bronze. After that, she plans to continue working for the Gold. Grace enjoys creating short films, photography, skiing, swimming, reading and is currently learning lifesaving in her spare time.

Annabel Brodie

Annabel trained at Excel School of Performing Arts in Auckland in 2005 and then for the successive 2 years, at Hagley Theatre Company in Christchurch. Annabel brings energy and excitement to her drama workshops and loves bringing out imagination and creativity in children. She holds a Dip Perf Arts and hopes to add to her academic qualifications in the future in this field.