The Drama Department is a hub of vibrancy, creativity and energy. It offers courses for students from Years 8 to 12 and a busy extracurricular programme, with opportunities to perform throughout the year in our state of the art facility, The Lady Wardle Performing Arts Centre.
Drama classes cater for a wide range of students, satisfying the need for a creative outlet and an opportunity to experience a wide variety of theatre, both on and off stage. The ability to communicate orally and physically is a key life skill. Personal skills such as teamwork, co-operation and the ability to communicate confidently are often developed through drama.
The aim of the Drama course in Year 8 is to develop the voice and movement skills and self-confidence of students. They learn the basic starting skills of mime, improvisation and role-play, and have their first introduction to Greek theatre.
Students continue to develop the skills learned in Year 8. However, the focus now shifts to acting techniques, playbuilding strategies and script interpretation. The students also have the opportunity to perform a scripted play for an audience in Year 9 Drama Night in Term III.
There are two courses offered to students in Year 10 - a two-period course and an extended course. The two period course builds on the learning from Year 9 and starts to ask the students to investigate the historical styles of theatre, such as Elizabethan Theatre, Restoration Drama, Musical Theatre and Documentary Drama. In the extension course, students extend their understandings of these topics, which challenges their practical and theoretical skills. This course is the perfect entry point into Year 11.
Years 11 and 12
Drama is studied as a WACE subject in Years 11 and 12. Students take on the many roles of theatre including acting, directing, dramaturgy, costume design, scenography, script writing and stage management. Highlights of these courses include theatre excursions to the Festival of Perth, the performances of student monologues in Semester I, and the self-devised, original solo performances in Semester 2.
Students are able to extend their drama experiences by auditioning for Interhouse Drama and a School Production each year.
Years 10 -12: Interhouse Drama Term I and the School Production Terms II and III.
Years 7 – 9: Interhouse Drama Term II and Lower School Production Term IV
Each year we 'mount' two school productions. In Semester 1 students from Years 10 to 12 are invited to audition for the Senior School Production. Recent productions include Annie, The Wizard of Oz, High School Musical and Little Women. Students in Years 7 to 9 also have the opportunity to audition for the Lower School Production held in November. Recent productions have been Alice in Wonderland, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.