Drama

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The Years Seven and Eight Drama course is designed to introduce students to the basics of the dramatic arts.

The course begins with the foundational skills of voice and movement. Students develop their understanding of their expressive capacity and begin to use these skills in creating and presenting monologues, mimes and group performances. Students then undertake an improvisation and theatre sports unit to improve their ability to ‘think on their feet’. Students’ final task is to work collaboratively with others to bring a script excerpt to life.

Throughout these units students also begin to develop an understanding of the elements of drama and other fundamental theory concepts.

Drama is a means of connecting people with ideas and concepts through interpretative movement and role-playing. It connects with the emotions and can deeply challenge and move people. Drama is used by Christians to present Biblical messages to those who may not yet have encountered God. Jesus often spoke in parables to those who followed Him as a means to explain complex ideas in a way the everyday person could understand. Drama also has the potential to convey messages to an audience in a way that people understand and can connect with.

Years Nine and Ten Drama seeks to provide students with the opportunity to develop a wide range of performance skills and to discover different means of creative expression. The focus of Drama is to enhance the education of our students by providing the opportunity to develop critical skills needed to cope with the varied demands of today’s world. These include: personal understanding and empathy, effective communication and leadership skills, self-confidence and self-discipline, as well as the ability to plan and execute individual and ensemble efforts in relation to theatrical endeavors. Students are encouraged to feel safe and supported as they stretch and challenge themselves with new ideas, perspectives, dramatic styles and genres.

Drama students will design and perform scripts which centre on Christian philosophies, embracing the opportunity to speak and perform gospel truths to an audience of people.

Drama should be studied by students as it provides key skills that are valued by future employers such as leadership, teamwork, interpersonal communication skills, creativity, public speaking, self-reflection, expression and discipline. Drama would be particularly relevant to students considering careers including actor, director, dramaturge, set designer, costume designer, Drama teacher and playwright.

It is important to note that Drama students, at times, will be expected to attend rehearsals outside of their allocated class time.

The Senior High Drama program is designed to expose students to a variety of dramatic styles and genres, whilst providing aesthetically-charged learning experiences that explore socially critical issues and questions. Drama engages the mind and the senses, allowing students to practically explore their world, through performance, analysis and reflection. Through this process, students develop an understanding of the purpose of Drama from a Christian perspective, and its potential as a truth-declaring ministry of the body of Christ.

The focus of Senior High Drama is to enhance the education of our students by providing the opportunity to develop critical skills needed to cope with the varied demands of today’s world. These include: personal understanding and empathy, effective communication and leadership skills, self-confidence and self-discipline, as well as the ability to plan and execute individual and ensemble efforts in relation to theatrical endeavors. Students are encouraged to feel safe and supported as they stretch and challenge themselves with new ideas, perspectives, dramatic styles and genres.

Performance skills are built through the exploration of different dramatic perspectives. Drama entertains, informs, communicates and challenges. Senior High Drama students will design and perform scripts which centre on Christian philosophies, embracing the opportunity to speak and perform gospel truths to an audience of people. Whilst there is no curricular whole class performance, at several times during the two-year Senior course of work, students will be required to devise and rehearse scripted drama to a polished standard. Consequently, all Senior High Drama students may be required to be involved in a number of group rehearsals outside of normal school hours. Students undertaking this subject must honour this commitment.

Drama should be studied by all students as it provides key skills that are valued by future employees such as: leadership, teamwork, interpersonal communication skills, creativity, public speaking, self-reflection, expression and discipline. Senior High Drama would be particularly relevant to students considering careers including actor, director, dramaturge, set designer, costume designer, Drama teacher and playwright.

It would be an advantage for students to have studied Drama in their junior years, although this is not necessary. Students are able to comprehend concepts and foundational knowledge relatively quickly upon beginning the subject. Senior High Drama runs on a 2-year cycle with a combined class of Year Eleven and Year Twelve students.

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