Drama Delievers Benefits at Many Stages
Every Beaconhill College student has a chance to take part in Drama in a variety of ways, as part of the school’s extensive performing arts.
Taking part in drama helps students develop confidence, discipline, courage and pride. In Junior School (Prep to Year 4), drama is taught through mime, dance, dramatic play, puppetry, role-play, body awareness, improvisation, performance and group dramatisation.
Recently, Pakenham Campus Year 4 students had the chance to show their skills to a live audience in their musical production Hoodwinked, a swashbuckling modern adaptation of the Robin Hood story.
Teacher Deana Jacobs, who directed the production, said the two performances were sold out. She said many family members and friends who saw the show were astounded by the children’s talent and enthusiasm.
The students had rehearsed all term during their performing arts lessons and at lunchtimes and were excited to be part of the show.
“Shy and anxious students were challenged to push themselves out of their comfort zone by participating,” Ms Jacobs said. “By doing this, they discovered a new passion for performing and created unforgettable memories.”
She said Hoodwinked also delivered some worthwhile messages to the Years 4s through its storyline.
“The key message, to help those less fortunate than yourself, aligns with our Learning That Matters pillar of citizenship and service.”
Beaconhills Junior School students have many opportunities throughout the year to perform in annual concerts, at assemblies, in performing arts festival and musical productions. The activities are closely linked with other curriculum areas.
Drama is also offered for interested children as a co-curricular activity
and Junior School students take part in an annual school play and musical productions like Hoodwinked.The College has teaching studios, recording studios and professionalstandard performance venues. The performing arts departments at Pakenham and Berwick campuses have helped launched professional careers in drama, along with dance and music.
Beaconhills has a long list of students who have achieved Top Class awards for Drama and Theatre Studies, as part of the VCE Season of Excellence.