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Drama

Your ideas, your way and supporting others to bring ideas to life. In this program, students of all abilities create and act in their own performance. Learning and skills development is paced to suit the students in a safe and supportive environment.

The experience of working on your own ideas and learning the skills to make it happen builds confidence and personal relationships as well as problem solving, communication and cooperation skills. It is a lot of fun too. The drama program consists of a year-long creative process that culminates in an end-of-year performance at the Karralyka Theatre, Ringwood.

Drama Principles – Training, Creating, Rehearsing & Performing

You can imagine
Invent, share, practice and show your own ideas

You can choose your character
You make the decision about who you would like to play and then work with the others to bring the characters to life

You can learn new skills
We build the understanding and the skills step by step so you can feel comfortable about learning

You can create the play
We build the play over time, working together to create an original play

You can rehearse
Learn performance skills and practice so you can all be confident

You can perform
You can perform your play to family, friends and interested others

Course Content and Structure

In term 1 the student’s focus on ensemble based skills such as awareness, group dynamics and self-confidence. In term 2 the students build performance skills and participate in theatre-based training including: physical movement, vocal projection and articulation, improvisation, stage combat, clowning and Alexander technique. These skills are not only beneficial in telling the amazing stories in the play; they are also valuable social and life skills. They also devise the performance piece that they will present at the end of the year.

In terms 3 and 4, the students develop their performance skills further, refining the script and rehearsing the play. The focus then turns to the public performance, bringing all the exciting elements of costume, lighting, sound and set design together. Regular visits to the theatre allow for a smooth transition into the performance space. The students perform their devised play twice (once during the day and once at night). Both performances are followed by a community forum which allows the audience to interact with the cast and crew. The year ends with a viewing of the performance footage and a DVD of the performance to take home to friends and family.

Focus

  • Drama and performance
  • Theatre and stage production
  • Improvisation and story building
  • Body awareness and rhythm
  • Musical performance
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Communication and skills for life

Previous Performances

  • YourDNA is Finding Neverland
  • YourDNA ‘s Forrest Gump The Untold Story
  • YourDNA ‘s Night at the Museum