Year 9: Drama

If you’ve always loved performing and like putting on shows with your friends, then yes, this is your chance to study to become an actor and work in theatre, TV, or film. 

If you are shy, Drama will help you to gain confidence, to present yourself well, solve problems creatively and talk easily to others.

Drama in Year 9 covers the following topics:

  • Learn how to use your voice and body movement to create characters, improvise and act out scenes
  • Attend a play at a theatre in town
  • Perform a short scene, perhaps by Shakespeare, with costume, stage make-up and lighting, for an audience
  • Learn about theatre and acting technique
  • Gain confidence in performance
Year 10: Drama

Topics:

  • Explore the theatre of other periods and cultures (Victorian melodrama, for example) to better understand drama in context.
  • Specialist Topics may include puppetry, mime, mask making, costume or stage make-up.
  • Develop practical knowledge in drama.

Skills:

  • Students will build skills including voice and movement, and the elements and conventions of drama, through the use of scripts and improvisation.

Students will develop ideas in drama, often working in groups to devise original work.

Year 11: Drama

Topics:

  • This course teaches the acting techniques of confidence, voice, movement, mime and use of space.
  • Students explore various theatre forms and periods: NZ theatre, including Maori and Pasifika theatre, Comedy of Manners, Theatre of the Absurd and Realism/film. 
  • Students perform scenes in costume from a range of plays, with an emphasis on learning dramatic techniques, and also work in groups to devise their own dramas. 
  • The year’s work comes together in a whole class production  performed to family and friends.

Skills:

  • Apply Drama Techniques in a dramatic context. 
  • Devise and perform a Drama. 
  • Perform an acting role in a scripted production.
  • Use features of a drama/theatre form in a performance.
  • Demonstrate understanding of features of a drama/theatre form.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the use of drama aspects within live performance.
Year 12: Drama

Topics: 

  • Level 7 of NZ Arts Curriculum. 
  • This course covers the Great Ages of Theatre History: Dance Ritual and Tribal Celebration, Ancient Greece, Medieval Theatre, Shakespearean, Restoration Comedy, Victorian Melodrama, Realism and Naturalism. Each section is assessed by a performance in costume and appropriate period style.
  • Acting skills and stage technique will be taught throughout the year and there will be many opportunities for improvisation.
  • Theatre Studies combines practical work with a strong historical and theoretical base, so is particularly suited to students who intend to continue with Drama at tertiary level.
  • There may be a final evening performance with emphasis on students’ own original work.

Skills: 

  • Apply drama techniques in a scripted context. 
  • Devise  and perform a drama to realise an intention. 
  • Use complex performance skills associated with a drama or theatre form or period. 
  • Perform a substantial acting role in a scripted production. 
  • Discuss drama elements, techniques, conventions and technologies within live performance.
Year 13: Drama

Topics:

  • Level 8 of the NZ Arts Curriculum providing a possible 26 credits for NCEA Level 3. 
  • This course focuses on the theatre of Aotearoa / New Zealand with opportunities to act scenes from many NZ plays, as well as creating their own work.

Students may also choose to take part in the SGCNZUOSW Shakespeare Festival, or in a local theatre production.

Skills:

  • Interpret scripted text to integrate drama techniques in performance. 
  • Select and use complex performance skills associated with a drama form or period. 
  • Perform a substantial acting role in a significant production. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of live drama performance.

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