OnStage is a high energy fast pace 4 day school holiday personal capacity building program for 6 to 17 years old held in Ballina NSW.

Those attending learn a dance routing, songs, stage craft and a drama piece which are all to performance levels. They develop new skills, make new friends and have lots of fun. It is designed to develop young people’s self esteem, confidence and social interaction skills on and off the stage. These skills are also core outcomes of the program.

Specialist singing, drama and dance teachers are employed to professionally assist the children. We also employ teachers assistants. We draw on these assistants from the talent base of previous OnStage mentors, Ballina Players youth performers and Arts University students. Working with Children requirements are met.

Each workshop consists of approximately 70 students. It is common to have 2-4 children from the same family attend. Since 2009 we have had over 3600 children attend. Approximately 90 percent are repeat customers.

Workshops are held regularly during the Autumn, Winter and Spring school holidays at the Ballina Players’ Theatre.


Getting to know you activities and sessions in singing, dancing and drama are held each day in a fun environment.

The students are generally placed in three age groups according to age. Groups are age specific depending on the number of enrolments applicable to their ages. Students from more than 30 schools in New South Wales and Queensland attend.

The workshops are held over four days. Each age group rotates between the various activates during the day which leads to a concert on stage under lights on the last day of the workshop at 5:00pm. It is an opportunity for the students to showcase what they have learnt over the 4 days.  Each group performs a song, dance and drama. Each student is given a character in the drama with dialogue, therefore it is important the every child attends the concert.

The concert is free of charge. Due to Fire Safety Restrictions with the theatre, each family is allocated 2 tickets per child attending.

How to Book

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Enrolment form is to be completed online. All attending must agree to adhere to strict behaviour codes.

Payment of fee is by direct deposit. Fee $270 per child.

N.B. Children are required to attend all four days of the workshop including the concert as this is does affect the outcome of the show should they not attend.

Cancellation Policy

The fee is non refundable unless special circumstances warrant it (eg cancellation of workshop, injury, serious family issue). Refunds are only given when notification is given 4 days prior to the commencement of the workshop.

Children that decide not to attend halfway through the workshop forfeit any costs to cover staff and workshop expenses. This also includes sickness.

OnStage 2024 Holiday Workshops

OCTOBER 8th-11th

  • Time:

    Days 1,2 and 3 – 9.15am-3.00pm

    Day 4 – 12pm-6.30pm. (parents concert from 5pm)

  • Address:

    24 Swift Street, Ballina

  • Fee:


Payment of fee is to be made directly to using your child’s name as reference.

OnStage – BSB 122-737 – Acc# 23474637.  

Open to ages 6-17. Numbers are limited. Placement only confirmed on payment. Creative Kids Vouchers accepted.

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