On Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd April, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority once again showcased the best of 2010 in the Top Class Drama and Theatre Studies concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
All performers in the concerts received exceptionally high marks in their 2010 performance exams, auditioning their pieces back in January for Top Class consideration. Not all invitees were successful in being included in the 2011 Top Class program. This year 19 performers were selected for the two concerts of Top Class Theatre Studies, while 28 were included in three concerts of Top Class Drama.
Below is the breakdown of representation from Government, Independent and Catholic schools for each discipline in this year’s concerts:
Top Class Drama
- Government: 6
- Independent: 15
- Catholic: 7
Top Class Theatre Studies
- Government: 3
- Independent: 11
- Catholic: 6
Noticeable in both participation lists, according to student enrolments in these subjects, is the over-representation of Independent schools and the under-representation of Government schools, while Catholic schools lay somewhere in the middle.
This year I attended two Top Class Drama concerts on Friday 1st April with Year 11 and 12 Drama students from my school.
Highlights in Drama, Concert 1:
- Hamish Gould, Huntingtower School, Mount Waverley
- Sally Webber, Yarra Valley Grammar School, Ringwood
- Nick Eynaud, Loyola College, Watsonia
- Marnie Banger, Avila College, Mount Waverley
Highlights in Drama, Concert 2:
- Natalie Tencic, Methodist Ladies College, Kew
- Steph Gonelli, Loyola College, Watsonia
- Stephanie Panozzo, Kilbreda College, Mentone
- Micheal Kay, Scotch College, Hawthorn
Once again, an amazing array of objects were transformed in Drama solo performances this year. We saw everything from hats and hat boxes to poles and candles. Although two of the ten examination structures from 2010 prescribed the use of song in the solo performance, noticeable this year was the successful inclusion of songs in performances that did not have song prescribed. Food for thought for VCE Drama teachers reading this post.
Without a doubt, Top Class Drama and Theatre Studies is one of the best learning experiences for VCE teachers and students, alike. Students walk away daunted by the skill of the performers, but inspired to tackle their own Year 12 solo and monologue performances with enthusiasm.
Congratulations to all the teachers and students connected with this year’s Top Class Drama and Theatre Studies concerts, Chief Assessors Philip Norman and Richard Sallis, and to the Season of Excellence office at the VCAA for yet another fine year of Top Class concerts.
The best of the best from all the Top Class performing arts concerts in music, drama and dance will occur at the Top Acts concert on Friday 13th May. Note the change of venue this year to the Palais Theatre, St Kilda, due to renovations at Hamer Hall.
What did other people think of this year’s Top Class Drama and Theatre Studies concerts? Comments welcome.