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Kids’ Theatre Intensive – ‘Tales of the Tarantella – Where Wild Magic Happens’


In this inclusive and imaginative kids theatre intensive program, participants will be guided to create their own characters, costumes, sets and community rules through a series of curated multi-disciplinary activities, exercises and drills.

Drawing from the mythical tale of the Southern Italian Tarantella, we will bring to life the fantastic town of Focumeu. A town shaped by the diversity of its wild and magical inhabitants!

What will you bring to the town? And who will you be upon your arrival?

Participants will start the day with a group warm up before splitting into smaller age-specific groups with the single tutors following a rotation system. At the end of the day, the groups will get together to share all they have learnt and explored that day.

Families and friends will be invited to a final performance of various sketches developed during the course, in FCAC’s own amphitheatre. Teachers will develop the performance lead by students and their imagination.

Monday 18 to Thursday 21 January, 10am–3pm
Before and after care available from 8.30am–10am and 3pm–5pm
VENUE: FCAC Basement Theatre and Performance Space
AGES: 6-12 years old
Full $300 / Concession $240
Before care: $10
After care: $10

For participants: Please bring a packed lunch and snacks to eat during lunch and recess breaks.

FCAC acknowledges that 2020 has been a difficult year for our community. If you would like your child to participate but are under financial stress, please contact Urvi (see email above) to discuss a solution.

View our School Holiday Arts Program terms and conditions here.

Meet the Teaching Artists


Rosa Voto is an Italian born performing artist, vocalist, dancer, percussionist and educator living in Australia since 2003. She is known as the founder and director of the Melbourne School of Tarantella, the first school in Australia dedicated to the teaching of Southern Italian traditional and ritualistic dances. Rosa has developed unique dance and movement programs for primary and secondary schools, nursing homes and community groups. These programs fuse together the teaching of folk dances and street theatre (Commedia dell’Arte) with elements of dance and movement therapy, to help participants achieve physical, emotional and social integration. 


Vanessa Chappleis a theatre director and performing artist and teacher who loves working with kids. Sailing across the oceans of theatre, dance, voice, and music, she has been making and performing diverse work with children for many years –  from immersive works for babies, play-inspired shows with balls galore, theatre works based upon well-known children’s books – to creating large scale arts participation projects for the communities of Victoria. Vanessa teaches performance making and voice studies at various places including The John Bolton Theatre School, where she trained in theatre. 


Danny Diesendorf enjoys comedy, clowning and improvisation and once took a masked clowning performance on tour to Japan. He has acted, directed and written for theatre for over twenty years having trained in performance-making at VCA and mime and movement at a London-based theatre school.  He is a member Melbourne Playback Theatre Company where he performs as an improviser. Danny previously taught and directed theatre for many years at Melbourne Polytechnic as well as teaching children at youth theatres and youth circus groups.  

Presented as part of FCAC’s Creative Workshops Program.

1- Image by Jackie Dixon. 

Date & Times


Monday 18 to Thursday 21 January, 10am–3pm


Footscray Community Arts Centre


Full $300 / Concession $240

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