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Drama

Year 7

Students are introduced to the basics of stagecraft and acting techniques in year 7. The areas covered include Introduction the Improvisation, Theatre Sports, Commedia Del' Arte, and a final Group Performance. The students have the opportunity to learn acting skills as well as technical elements such as lighting and sound design.

Year 8

In year 8 students build on the skills they established in year 7. The course begins with an extension of Improvisation and moves on to more specific acting skills, with a focus on characterisation. Students write an perform an original monologue. Careers in theatre are also studied, with students researching one career of interest and producing a project as a result. The major task for the semester is a Group Performance where students have the opportinity to take on an acting, design or technical role.

Year 9

The year 9 drama course begins with Advanced Improvisation and leads onto a study of Greek Theatre. Physical Theatre is then introduced with a series of Stage Combat workshops. The semester culminates with a Group Production where students have the opportunity to take on an acting, design or technical role.

Year 10

Year 10 drama is run in semester one and is combined with Stage 1 & 2 Drama. The focus of the semester is a Group Performance in which the students have the opportunity to take on a design, acting or technical role. Students also create a Folio which includes a reflective journal and review of live theatre. They also create an Investigation and Presentation of a dramatic role associated with the Group Performance.

Stage One

Students have the opportunity to study a one semester (10 unit) course or full year (20 unit) course. Semester 1 involves participation on a Group Performance, a Folio (including a reflective journal and review of live theatre) and an Investigation and Presentation of a role relating to the Group Performance.

Semester 2 revolves around the concept of Experiments in Theatre. As a result of studying the work of Bertolt Brecht and Baz Luhrmann and learning about a variety of non-naturalistic theatrical styles, students produce a Group Performance, Investigation and Presentation and Folio.

Stage Two

Students study a full year 20 unit course. Semester One involves participation in a Group performance as either a designer, actor or technician. This task is their exam worth 30%. Students write a 2000 work Group Production Report as well as 2 1000 words reviews on live theatre.

In second semester students develop their Interpretative Study, producing a 1500 word research paper on a contemporay innovator. They also embark on a production study and create a Group Performance.


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