This is a dynamic unit providing an introduction to Drama. Students experiment with many theatrical forms including mime, clowning and Melodrama through performance. Emphasis is on understanding basic stagecraft and developing physical, vocal and character skills. Students also develop their directorial skills through research and observation of performance. Students are encouraged to explore and experiment with ideas for Drama from a variety of sources. Throughout the semester opportunities for personal development in creative expression and integration into group work are provided. All students are given opportunities to perform for various audiences.
ARA31: The Dark Side
Students experiment with forms of world puppet theatre including shadow, glove, body and marionette and develop an understanding of puppets in various cultural settings. Students collaboratively write and develop performance scripts and puppet characters. Material is drawn from a variety of both non-western and western sources such as folk tales, comics, film scripts, plays, and current affairs. Students develop their creativity by assembling, operating and performing with puppets for a variety of audiences.
ARB31: Character Acting
This unit prepares students for acting on the stage and the screen by developing their understanding of the inner life of a character, supported by the expressive skills of movement, gesture, voice and facial expression. Students study a variety of theories and methods to further their acting and character building skills. They explore acting techniques, including Stanislavsky’s ‘Method’ and Laban’s Movement Analysis in order to create Character. Students deconstruct a variety of texts and analyse scripts to further their performance skills and express their creativity through Solo and Ensemble performances and work from a wide range of texts.
ARB32: Physical Theatre
This unit explores theatre as a dynamic physical and visual medium that spans narrative theatre, music, multimedia and visual arts. Students research the work of international companies such as Cirque du Soleil and Legs on the Wall. Students experiment with a variety of styles which use the language of gesture and movement as well as words, to convey meaning to the audience. Students create their own theatre texts, costume and makeup for their highly visual and energetic theatre performances.
ARC31: Express Yourself
In this unit students write and create their own plays and performances from a range of stimulus material such as novels, picture books, journal articles and news events. Students can include song, music and multimedia in their devised work. Students discover the craft of writing for performance and develop the self-confidence to explore issues of interest and concern to them.
ARC32: It’s A Classic
Students study the great traditions of Ancient Greek and Elizabethan (Shakespeare’s) Theatre through practical performance. They create Character Masks and explore their potential to both disguise and reveal character and participate in masked Greek chorus as well as solo performances. Students explore Presentational Theatre and develop their ability to project their voice and express movement in a large venue. Students deconstruct the text of a Shakespearean comedy and develop the ensemble performance skills required to deliver soliloquies, monologues, dialogue and scene extracts.
ARD30: All the World’s a Stage
This unit prepares students for both VCE and IB Theatre by exploring the techniques of some of the most influential theorists and directors of theatre. Students are introduced to the social, political and cultural contexts that influenced the work of these theorists and directors. They develop short ensemble performance pieces in the style of each master and develop a broad understanding of the various approaches to acting and staging theatre. Students gain self-confidence in presenting plays and analysing professional productions.
This unit is predominantly practical in nature, but involves a detailed study and practical development of the various elements of backstage and pre-production work required for a theatrical performance. The study is based around the staging of major College events. This unit also provides an introduction to directing, designing and performance processes and requires some reading and interpretation of play texts and concert programs.
ARD33: Curtains Up
The focus of this unit if performance. Students and teacher negotiate the focus which can be either group devised, or text based. Students work in the production roles of actor, director and designer, developing an understanding and appreciation of theatre and the influences of theatre on culture. Students develop their problem-solving, collaborative and communication skills as they work as an ensemble to create a production presented to an invited audience. This unit will prepare students for both VCE and IB Theatre which can lead to further study at tertiary level or a variety of industry or community related pathways.
ARE34: World Theatre
In this unit students are introduced to the rich theatrical traditions of non – Western theatre. This enables them to appreciate the diversity of cultural performance styles within the world and prepares them for both VCE and IB Theatre. The unit involves the investigation of theatre as an art form across a range of regions and periods. Students select a practical project of their choice and create a performance based on their research and exploration of the art form chosen.