Performing Arts Classes

Our extra mural programs work as an extension to the Life Skills & Creative Drama, SA Dept of Education Curriculum and Policy Statement (CAPS). It is documented, in the policy statement, that children who wish to specialise in the performing arts field attend extra mural classes.

The weekly performing arts class is designed with the beginner and intermediate performer in mind. For advanced/specialised classes, read our examination offering. We recommend weekly performing arts classes be attended for at least one full year before commencing examination work – this ensures foundation performance skills are in place.

The classes below take place during the school term, only one class is attended per week – for a detailed list of class times, please contact the academy:


Wednesdays – Term 1(8 lessons)

2-2:30 – Acting Buddies – Gr 1-3

2:30 – 3:30 – Acting Antics – Gr 4-7

3:30-5:00pm – Acting Seriously! Gr 4-12(must have experience or be a part of RSA for at least 1 year)

Guitar and Vocals

Act/Sing/Guiatr/Dance packages NOW available

 Performing Arts – Acting Buddies: Acting Buddies enter our academy to develop self-confidence, public speaking and social interaction skills. Drama is a safe, non-threatening environment that allows for freedom of speech, ideas and creativity – that is what we encourage.

Acting Antics- Grade 4-7: This class attracts learners who not only wish to develop their confidence and public speaking, for academic reasons, but those who are interested in learning more about the stage, above and beyond what is delivered in the classroom. All enjoy “acting-out” and many have dreams of pursuing a career on the stage. We nurture this in every way we can. Being placed in a “dramatic situation” encourages Capella Stars to think on their feet and overcome obstacles with confidence, which will enable them in later life to handle any uncertainties and challenges of the future.

Acting Seriously!: This  class delves deeper into acting techniques, genres and styles. We focus on the detail of a performance, refine styles and develop ideas by asking the all-important theatrical question “What If…”. The majority of work is performance orientated therefore commitment to all classes is expected.

LAMDA Performance Exams

Our LAMDA performance exams are for the serious young performer. Students learn the necessary skills to understand, develop and perform an acting piece and enter the annual London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA )performance examinations. Our pass rates over the years have been exemplary and the academy has received commendations regarding the quality of work performed.

Classes are designed to equip students with a range of skills that will serve them throughout life. Participation in the performance exams will:

  • Unlock imagination and creative-thinking
  • Develop communication and performance skills
  • Refine technical skills and artistry
  • Promote team-working.

LAMDA is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1861, it quickly established itself as a centre of excellence in performance training. LAMDA has provided theatre and the world of film and television with generation upon generation of first-class actors and expertly-trained stage managers across the world. The range of exam options supports progression and allows the candidate to extend personal and vocational skills whilst realising their potential.

Candidates will be required to perform for the examiner in October/November each year and perform in a LAMDA showcase staged at a local theatre. This class does require the candidate to learn lines, work with a partner and perform research at home regarding various performance pieces – commitment to every class is a must.

Exams are broken down into Beginner, Intermediate and advanced level.

Over the last 5 years we have had 100% Pass Rates with the majority of students receiving Distinctions. The Academy has received commendation from LAMDA regarding the quality of work our candidates have submitted.

In-School Drama

When Rising Star Academy was Durban based we have been contracted by various schools in and around the Durban area to run the dramatic arts component of the CAPS curriculum.

Current school on this programme is Gelofte School in Pinetwon, KZN.

Past in – School contracts

  • DPHS, Durban – Grade 4-7 House plays, 2 plays directed by Andrea Nel
  • Highbury Prep – Grade 4-7 SP Production, Directed by Andrea Nel
  • Hillcrest Primary – Grade 6 & 7 drama, movement and music, 2012 run by Andrea Nel
  • Gelofte School – Grade 8 & 9 drama programme, Lesson plans done by Andrea Nel – still active

Guitar and Male Vocal/Singing Lessons by Aaron Nel

Aaron’s singing career started at age 4 when asked to constantly sing at pre-school productions, social braais etc, growing up in the sprawling metropolis of Marble Hall on the world famous Springbok Vlakte, about 50kms from Potgietersrus.

Aaron started playing guitar at age 10. When faced with the grueling decision of what to study and, therefore, do for the rest of his life… he chose to study music at Natal Technicon in 1996, where he completed two years of the ‘Light Music’ course.

Since then Aaron has performed at various theatres in and around South Africa as well as performing in Zimbabwe and in Turkey.  Aaron regularly performs at various venues in and around Hartbeespoort Dam and Pretoria.

Aaron has also taught lessons at schools as well as privately. Aaron assisted with musical arrangements for Rising Stars, Galaxy Rock and many of their workshops. Aaron has been involved mainly with singing workshops.

Aaron is also available for private functions, corporate functions and more.