Drama

Drama students performing at the Canberra High School Arts and Technology ShowcaseGetting ready for a performanceStudents participating in Dancefest

Our Drama program is an Elective unit for Years 8, 9 and 10.

Year 8 Program - Exploring Drama

What Do Students Learn?

This one semester unit introduces students to basic skills used in drama. This includes warm-up activities, character improvisation, stylized movement, role play and theatre games.

What Kind of Learning Activities Do Students Do?

Students express individual reactions to their learning experiences and make judgments about drama performances experienced in the classroom and other venues.

The teaching strategies encourage students to develop positive attitudes, work together on group projects and to apply focus and control in drama performance.

How Are Students Assessed?

Students are assessed on class work including skills, rehearsals, performance and theory components including scriptwriting.

What Is the Cost?

Nil

Year 9 and 10 Program

Students may study one of these units during Years 9 and 10 however to attend one of the Production classes it is recommended that students complete the Drama Workshop class.

Year 9 and 10 Program - Drama Workshop

What Do Students Learn?

This one semester unit emphasises improvisation skills, movement, and interpretation of ideas, role play, characterisation and character stereotypes.

What Kind of Learning Activities Do Students Do?

The unit includes theoretical and practical projects on aspects of Australian Theatre.  Vocal projection techniques and stagecraft including sound and lighting are explored.

How Are Students Assessed?

Students are assessed on skills, participation, rehearsals and performances as well as a number of written tasks that include a research task, journal and a review.

What Is the Cost?

Nil

Year 9 and 10 Program - Drama Production

What Do Students Learn?

This one semester unit provides students with an opportunity to play an active part in the production of a major dramatic work.

What Kind of Learning Activities Do Students Do?

Students gain experience and develop skills in a number of different aspects of theatre such as characterisation, acting, performance, set design and construction, makeup, costuming, sound and lighting.

How Are Students Assessed?

Students are assessed on participation, rehearsals and performances.  They also have assessable theory components including a journal, and poster task.

A strong commitment from students is required to be involved in this unit. Attendance at weekend and after school rehearsals may be necessary and students will be notified of these times and dates in advance.

Students should be prepared to devote substantial time to practicing performance/production skills including learning lines and working in a team to produce a high level of performance

What Is the Cost?

Nil - However students need to supply their own costume for the play.