Dramatic response forces move

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Less than six months after its launch, the South Canterbury Academy of the Dramatic Arts (Scada) has outgrown its original home.
Scada has moved from its premises in Timaru’s Royal Arcade to a neighbouring address at 29 Sophia St.
Five days after the move, tutors Rob Martin and Catherine May Smith are settling into the new site while still keeping their regular classes going, including those they offer at schools.
Between them they see 120 students each week.
Scada, in association with Rob Martin Productions, Catherine May Smith and Giant Leaps Speech and Drama, was launched in January.
Performances and training offered through Scada will match what is being offered throughout other parts of New Zealand and around the world, the tutors say.
Scada’s new site, which is four times the size of its previous premises, offered not only more space but improved lighting and a relaxed lounge area where students can study their paperwork.
“It makes it more like a school environment,” Mr Martin said.
“Scada is about creating a theatrical community. It’s working well,” he said.
Mr Martin said it was apparent about six weeks after Scada moved into its original premises that it would soon outgrow it.
“We were six weeks in and we thought `gosh, this is growing too fast, we need to find somewhere else’.”
Ms Smith said in the first six weeks the rush of enrolments had shown no signs of slowing down.
“We got more and more enrolments each week.”
The new location would be home to a range of shows, including cabaret nights, stand-up comedy, improvisation and open-mic nights.
“[There will be] lots of mini events people can come to and that gives the children something to work towards,” Mr Martin said.