The Art of Performance

When you bring together creative students and dedicated teachers, magical and memorable moments occur. The Arts bring us…

When you bring together creative students and dedicated teachers, magical and memorable moments occur. The Arts bring us joy and we all need a little of that in our lives. Each year our students build on their performing arts skills throughout Term 1 in the lead up to Arts Festival where our students develop a healthy appreciation of culture and the arts and have a lot of fun on the way.

Term 2 saw more occasions for our students to engage in live theatre with an explosion of Drama performance opportunities. Our production of Legally Blonde was a showstopper. Our Year 11 ATAR Drama Showcase last week featured a series of monologues that were most impressive and this week’s amazing Year 6 production of Rock Bottom, engaging 72 Year 6 students captivated the audience through a well-crafted script. It was wonderful to see our budding performers trust their ideas and abilities as they brought diverse and engaging characters to life. In the coming weeks, we have our Year 12 ATAR Drama Showcase event to look forward to, followed closely by our Year 7 and 8 production of ‘Spotlight’ and our annual Concerto Night featuring our Year 12 solo Music performers. The PAC is a beehive of activity and rehearsals, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

As our thoughts extend to the eastern states where theatre attendance is currently on hold, we are reminded of how fortunate our students are to be able to engage in, and with live performances. Live theatre reminds us that we are not alone. There is a sense of participation created when you are in the audience and a sense of human connection when you bring a performance to life. The joy of theatre is immediate, evolving and always different. Although the script may be the same each time it is performed, the performance is always unique and authentic.

The art of performance allows our students to communicate through artistic expression and portray characters through voice, movement or dance. Engaging with thought-provoking scripts helps our students to see a different perspective from their own. It can challenge their thinking and encourage them to empathise with others and reflect on their attitudes and mindsets.

Being creative and learning to make creative choices helps our students to view the world around them in different ways. The uncertainty and impromptu nature of live performance requires them to adapt and respond, important skills for future success.

Fiona Johnston