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 our highly successful range of performance opportunities, including:

  • Junior School production for Year 6
  • Senior drama production for Years 10-11
  • Senior School musical production for Years 7-11.

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 Drama clubs offered from Year 1 to Year 8. Drama is an elective in Years 9, 10 and 11 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 and showcase events.

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Jordan Cameron (Year 11) performs in the Senior Drama production, The Great Gatsby

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 3-5 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.

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Year 6 students in the Junior School production, Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits (2017)

Year 6 work on the junior production for three terms and meet on Tuesday's for two 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 follow-spot operator or set construction.

Recent hits have included Robin Hood, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Ali Baba and Bongo Bandits.

Senior Drama

After school Drama Club for Years 7-8 is available for any student considering elective Drama in later years. It offers a fun and friendly pathway to developing core drama skills, stage confidence and theatrical staging techniques. Drama elective courses are offered for Years 9-12.

Additionally, 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 students and Music staff and recent hits have included Aida, Grease and Beauty and the Beast.

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Senior students perform in the Senior School Musical production of Beauty and the Beast (2016)

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 assistant directors selected by audition, plus behind the scenes roles in technical support, costume, hair and make up. Recent hits have included The Real Inspector Hound, The Great Gatsby and Sherlock Holmes.

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