Drama at Greenwood has an excellent reputation for producing high quality performances from school musicals to class productions. Students are provided with a range of opportunities to develop their performance skills always culminating in live performances to public audiences.
Students of Drama at Greenwood College are exposed to a variety of acting styles that are relevant for a career in the post school performing arts industry. Students are also involved in competitions and performance tours ensuring their dramatic education is complete.
Year 7 Drama
This unit provides students with an opportunity to develop basic Drama Skills. They will be introduced to the craft of acting and given a glimpse of the busy performance schedule at Greenwood College.
Year 8 Drama
This unit provides students with introductory exercises into the craft of acting. Students are instructed in the areas of improvisation and role play. Students will also receive a basic introduction to techniques from various drama disciplines ensuring they develop a solid base from which to work in drama in the years to come.
The focus for this unit is developing students understanding theatre and how it has progressed. Students will be introduced to character construction and play structure with particular emphasis on public presentation. In the Semester One Year 9 students devise, rehearse and perform their own original drama for school audiences. Semester Two will see students involved in the rehearsal of a published play for a public evening presentation.
Year 10 Drama
The focus in this unit is on the acting techniques and conventions existing within youth theatre. Students will develop skills in improvisation, character creation and performance staging, they will be exposed to differing acting theories and draw links between the work they are doing and the drama process involved. A critical aspect of the course is live performance and, as a result, students will take part in a drama tour of the local primary schools and a public presentation at the end of the year.
Year 11 General Drama
The Drama General course focuses on aesthetic understanding and drama in practice as students integrate their knowledge and skills. They use the elements and conventions of drama to develop and present ideas and explore personal and cultural issues. They engage in drama processes, such as improvisation, play building, text interpretation, play writing and dramaturgy which allow them to create original drama and interpret a range of texts written or devised by others.
Their work in this course includes production and design aspects involving sets, costumes, makeup, props, promotional materials, stage management, front-of-house activities, and sound and lighting. Increasingly, students use technologies, such as digital sound and multimedia. They present drama to a range of audiences and work in different performance settings.