Last Term was an exciting one for Drama and the whole Creative and Performing Arts Department.On Wednesday night 29th June the CAPA department put on a performance evening to showcase the work of students in Drama, Art, Photography, Music, Entertainment and Drama across all year levels. All the performances and artworks were incredible and a testament to our talented, hard working students in the CAPA department.
The year 9 drama students performed their Shakespearean parody ‘Eight Characters in Search of Shakespeare’ which they have been working on tirelessly over the a three week period. The students worked hard to create their own set, organise costumes, design their make-up, and learn all their lines. Some of the year 10 drama students also had a chance to perform their comic duologues, inspired by stock characters of Commedia dell’ Arte. The students transferred their understanding of the Commedia character types into a modern context, devising their own comic skits using elements of slapstick, mime, melodrama, clowning and acrobatics. Hamish Brown from year 11 also performed his hilarious monologue as ‘Doug’, shocking the audience with his character’s crude humour and pyromania. The show was a hit as our budding young actors had the audience in stitches with their wit and melodramatic humour.
On Tuesday 28th June, Kyle Walmsley and Alyson Evans from Hothouse Theatre came to Xavier High School to run a workshop with our year 9,10 and 11 drama students. The students learnt about puppetry, sound in performance, and theatre for children and young people. They finished the workshop by creating their own adaptations of the ‘Three Little Pigs’, creatively using space, puppetry and creating soundscapes. This workshop prepared students for the performance of ‘Picasso and his Dog’ which they saw on Thursday morning at Hothouse Theatre.
The students should be commended on the collaboration, innovation and creativity that was witnessed at the workshops and performances. As a drama teacher, it was really great to see students mixing across year levels and sharing their ideas with each other, approaching all activities with a level of maturity beyond their years. We are so proud of our incredible, hard-working students.
Melissa Blomeley and Sharyn Hill (Stage 5 & 6 Drama Teachers)