Drama | Central Coast Grammar School

Drama

At CCGS everyone can get involved in Drama, whether it's for fun, personal development, academic study, or to develop skills to audition for legendary Junior and Senior school productions.

Drama creates opportunities for students to explore interests and passions, to understand and appreciate the world around them in a physical and social form.

There are clubs from Year 1 to Year 8. Drama is an elective in Years 9 and 10 and a course choice at HSC.

Past students are actively involved in our Arts community and often return as mentors and contributors to school productions.

three-drama-students-on-stage

Students have every opportunity to become accomplished performers in the professional environment of our state of the art Performing Arts Centre.

The PAC houses a 750 seat auditorium with professional stage, sound and lighting equipment and hydraulic orchestra pit. A dedicated Drama studio is used by students from K-12 for teaching, clubs and rehearsals. It's a large space adjacent to the stage that doubles as a professional green room and it's equipped with integrated theatre lighting, a wardrobe and prop store, staging blocks and mirrors.

Junior Drama

After school Drama clubs for Years 1-2 and Years 3-6 teach all the performance skill sets.  These include staging, blocking, characterisation, vocal skills, physical skills, collaboration, storytelling, creative thinking and visualising ideas. Each semester ends with a mini showcase in the Drama studio.

students-on-stage-junior-school-production

Year 6 work on the junior production for 3 terms and meet for 2 hours after school every week in the run up to the performance. There are roles for singers, musicians, actors and dancers with auditions for lead roles. Over 90% of the grade are on stage, with behind the scenes roles for others like followspot operator or set construction.

Recent hits have included Robin Hood, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Mary Boppins.

Senior Drama

Lunchtime Drama Club for Years 7-8 is open to anyone who wants to have a go. It offers a pathway to study Drama courses from Year 9 or get involved in senior school productions.

There's an annual senior musical production open to Years 7-11 by audition, with 50 - 100 students involved during Terms 1-3. There are roles for actors, singers and dancers from lead to ensemble, or behind the scenes roles in the technical team including hair and make up, set construction and stage crew. Live music is provided by the Stage Band and recent hits have included Aida, Guys and Dolls and Grease.

students-on-stage-for-Grease-production

A smaller group of students whose focus is purely acting get involved in an annual senior drama production during Terms 4 and 1. There are roles for actors and directors refined by audition, plus behind the scenes roles in technical support, costume, hair and make up. Recent hits have included The Great Gatsby, Sherlock Holmes and Pride and Prejudice.

The Drama learning process develops empathy, confidence, and collaborative skills - crucial attributes for all students. CCGS Drama teacher, Natalie Parsons-Clair