Drama 1 (Semester 1 Only)
This course offers students the opportunity to perform both solo and ensemble drama works. Students will be involved in Avila’s Creative Arts Spectacular via scripting and directing opportunities. This task will involve students developing and rehearsing the Junior Drama Club scene in the Creative Arts Spectacular. Other activities include a Shakespearean monologue performance and a student-devised ensemble performance in the style of Epic Theatre. All students in this course will see a professional theatre performance and analyse it for assessment.
Drama 2 (Semester 2 Only)
This course examines performance development and involves sophisticated character work. Students write their own scripts, design and implement stagecraft, and undertake directing activities for the production of a play in the Year 10 Drama Festival. Individual student needs are also catered for through the development and presentation of a student-written solo performance. All students in this course will see a professional theatre performance and analyse it for assessment.
A student’s perspective:
My primary school did not offer Drama as a subject and so at first I was apprehensive attending my first Drama class in year 7. But the first class was all it took for me to grow a passion for the subject and dedication to drama studies. Throughout my time at Avila my classes have been a relaxed and light hearted environment that also provides structure by teaching me and the other students the importance of meeting deadlines, collaboration and self directed learning. Looking back at the skills I have taken away from the classroom, I can now see that my acting skills are not the only improvement. My public speaking, confidence, out-of-the-box thinking, time management and enthusiasm have all benefited from my time in Drama. Most importantly I have learnt that what I put in, is what I will get out. If I want to perform well and complete all my work then I must put in the time and effort. Drama has helped me clearly see the importance of this and the outcome of my hard work. The Drama teachers at Avila have really provided a support network that nurtures my progress in Drama. In our classes we exercise deep levels of thinking and continue to push ourselves out of our comfort zone to explore drama and our society further. I would recommend this drama as a course to anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort and see the results from their hard work. To someone who is not afraid of trying new things and taking on different perspectives in their work. Drama improves so many life skills and is a course that everyone should consider.