Year 12 Drama Ensemble Performance Showcase

Sorry guys, a bit of shamless local publicity happening now. I’d like to invite anyone out there in Drama land (teacher, student or otherwise) to attend a free showcase of Year 12 Drama Ensemble Performances. Avila College and Mount Waverley SC have combined to create an evening of six group performances.

Date: Thursday 18th May 2006.
Venue: New Lecture Theatre, Avila College, 35 Charles St., Mount Waverley.
Time: 7.30pm (sharp!)
Cost: We’re not in the money business. It’s free! No ticket necessary. Just rock up!

Below is the task the students were given to adhere to and interpret when developing their drama. ‘Challenging’ would be an understatement!

Theme
We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world. (Buddha)

Setting
Within the mind.

Performance Style
Non-naturalism, with aspects of Epic Theatre.

Theatrical Conventions
Narration, song, transformation of time and place, tableau, disjointed time sequences, episodes.

Dramatic Elements
Contrast, symbol, conflict.

Background
Explore one or more influential persons in history whose thoughts have helped make the world.

Plot

  • Explore the thoughts and subsequent actions of one or more influential persons in history.
  • Show the impact of these thoughts in making and/or changing both the world of the influential person(s) and that of the world around him/her/them.
  • Explore the possible outcome(s) if the person(s) had alternate thoughts which led to different decisions being made.

A long list of 80 influential persons throughout history were then given (too long to list here), of which the students were asked to use one or more of these in their drama. Some persons appear in more than one performance, but the total list represented on the showcase evening includes:

  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Saddam Hussein
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jesus Christ
  • William Wallace
  • Adolf Hitler
  • John F Kennedy
  • Joseph Stalin
  • Moses
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Cleopatra
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Alexander The Great
  • Queen Elizabeth I

Have you ever wondered what would happen if history were rewritten? Then come along and find out! If you’d like to see some good quality student drama, we’d love to see you there! Email me if you have any queries.

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3 Responses

  1. Kerri says:

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  2. Anonymous says:

    hello..what a wonderful site..thank you..drama teacher from Canada.

  3. genelle says:

    ok so after another 4 hour rehearsal… it hit us… ITS ONLY 5 DAYS!!!
    Peaking much? nah…

    its so soon!!!
    hope some can come along to watch…
    peace out!
    genelle

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