Arts Festival – Term 1

Arts Festival is a highlight of the St Hilda’s School calendar. Events are spread across Term 1 and culminate in a day of performances on the final day of term. It is a student-led festival; House Officials work closely with the Arts Prefect to audition and cast their peers, then rehearse, choreograph, write, direct, arrange and conduct the various events. It is a feast of talent across the arts with opportunities for all Senior School students to be a part of the festivities.

Arts Festival events include:

Whole school participation - House Choirs and Fancy Dress Parade

All Year 7 students participate -  Year 7 Song and Dance

House Officials audition - Group Dance, Group Pop, Group Classical, Contemporary Theatre, Dramatic Monologue, Solo Dance, Solo Pop (song), Solo Classical (song) and Solo Classical (instrumental) and House Film. 

Major School Production 

Every year St Hilda’s offers students the opportunity to be a part of the Major School Production (Musical), rehearsed and performed in the Joy Shepherd Performing Arts Centre in Term 2. Performance auditions are open to Year 9 to Year 12 students. The musical combines the talents of actors, singers, dancers, musicians, theatre technicians and artists. Many opportunities exist beyond the performance space and include stage management, lighting and sound operation, backstage crew and Front of House duties. Our 2020 production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid was a great success and a wonderful experience for all students involved. We are pleased to announce that we have secured the rights to Legally Blonde the Musical for our Years 9 – 12 production in 2021.

The Year 7/8 Play

The Years 7 and 8 Production is a performance that focuses on the talents of the actor. It offers students the opportunity to extend their understanding of the importance of “the ensemble” and grow their performance skills. The 2020 Year 7 and 8 Production involved St Hilda’s girls working with published scriptwriter and previous Head of Drama, Donna Hughes, on the development and world premiere of her futuristic play Trackers. In 2021 the production will be performed in Term 3 with auditions held for Year 7 and Year 8 students at the end of Term 2. There are also opportunities for our students from all year groups to gain experience in lighting and sound operation, backstage crew work and Front of House duties.

Speech and Drama

Speech and Drama is offered at St Hilda’s as part of the cocurricular program for Year 4 to Year 12 students and is taught by specialist teachers from the Speech and Drama Association of Western Australia. Students may progress through the external Speech and Drama exam system (as with Music) or can take lessons without doing exams. Once a year, the Speech and Drama students perform a Speech and Drama Showcase for the ‘Exam Stream’ students. This is an evening of rehearsed pieces of theatre and is an opportunity for parents to view their daughter’s dramatic work.

Speech and Drama is beneficial as it increases a student’s confidence and skills in daily communication, as well as in public speaking and acting. The program is extremely useful to students pursuing Drama in the senior years as it gives an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of dramatic performance and theory as covered in the Drama curriculum.

The general information, application form and Terms and Conditions for Junior School Speech and Drama available HERE

The general information, application form and Terms and Conditions for Senior School Speech and Drama available HERE

For further information, please contact speechanddrama@sthildas.wa.edu.au or 9285 4236.