DRAMA AND PERFORMING ARTS

Drama education has a positive impact on students’ physical, emotional, social and cognitive development in a variety of ways. Most notably, the College's Drama Club provides great opportunities for students to develop their self-confidence through performing for an audience. In addition, students regularly develop a sense of empathy through performing different characters from a variety of time periods and cultures. Participating in the WSC Drama Club will help to develop students’ communication and problem solving skills, through working with other individuals in a team environment. Students will also learn skills in voice projection, body movement, focus and creative thinking.

The Drama Club provides students with opportunities to perform onstage in full length plays, one-act plays and skits. In addition, the Drama Club is structured so that it is student led as much as possible. Each year a Drama Club President is appointed. This student is able to develop their leadership and organisational skills alongside the director of the performances. There are student roles in Publicity, Costume Design and Props. In addition, the Drama Club allows students to train in different areas backstage including, stage management, and to operate lighting for performances, depending on their interests. These roles give students a sense of school connectedness and pride as they achieve fantastic results through hard work.

The College Drama Club has opened many opportunities for students including: being cast in Wyndham Theatre Company performances, gaining employment with Essence Productions and participating in the National Playwright Competition, just to name a few. Awards are given out at the end of each production and Drama Club members can add their participation and achievements to their work resume.

The Drama Club is open to students from all year levels and interested students are encouraged to audition for performances as they arise. The Drama Club is always excited to welcome new faces to the group.

Drama Club Achievements

2014 – Won: Best Written Script (Judges Award), Best Written Play (People’s choice) and Best Performed Play (People’s Choice) for Point of No Return. A one-act play written by Drama Club Director Alaine Beek and workshopped and performed by members of the Drama Club at the National Playwright Competition in Richmond.

2013 – Workshop and creation of the original full-length cabaret-style play Noir.

Drama Curriculum

Drama is undertaken by all students in Year 8 at Werribee Secondary College. The curriculum at Year 8 is designed to be an introduction to Drama and Performance. Students regularly work in small groups and pairs to construct performances for their class.

At Year 9 and 10 Drama is an elective subject offered to all students and regularly attracts large numbers. Students in Year 9 focus their skills to develop a performance for a Year 8 class. In addition, students are able to work in pairs and small groups to perform for each other. In year 9 students are taught about Using Body and Voice, Improvisation, Playbuilding - through which they devise a performance for an audience and Mask. At Year 10, students work on an extended project to perform a play as a class for several junior classes in the WSC Auditorium during class time. Students not only have the opportunity to perform but also develop their stagecraft skills during this project. Additionally, Year 10 students have the opportunity to attend a professional play performed by either Melbourne Theatre Company or Malthouse Theatre. In Year 10, students enhance their knowledge of Realism and Non-Naturalism on a deeper level.

During VCE, students have the opportunity to study Theatre Studies. Building on the skills taught in Years 9 and 10, students are introduced to six theatrical styles over units 1 and 2. Whilst studying Units 1 and 2, students also have the opportunity to produce a play for an audience of family, friends and the school community. Students also develop a monologue to perform for the class. In Units 3, students again produce a performance for an audience, specialising in acting and/or stagecraft areas. In Unit 4, students are required to complete a stagecraft examination in either: acting and direction or two stagecraft areas. This practical component requires students to either perform a monologue or design stagecraft for the monologue and present their interpretation. These tasks build on the skills developed in Units 1 and 2.