Drama is an essential performance skill and Grace Academy programs aim to foster student development in all facets of theatre art and performance. Productions are offered in both Middle and Senior school to Grace College students, through an auditioned process.

Previous opportunities have included working with professional companies such as Zen Zen Zo, where the Senior students were mentored over several weeks to devise their own Physical Theatre Production. Key performances over the years have included classic texts such as Macbeth and Hamlet, through to more contemporary pieces such as 39 Steps, Treasure Island and adaptations of films such as Lemony Snickets.

Students are encouraged to explore the power of voice and movement on stage and are constantly pushed to achieve excellence. Grace Academy also offers a Theatresports program where students compete in the inter-school competition each year, in which our teams have previously won the State Championships.

Grace also has a long tradition of excellence in the staging of Musicals. Musical productions give students the opportunity to combine their drama gifts and work across art forms in performance. 

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GRACE LUTHERAN COLLEGE - CABOOLTURE CAMPUS

Drama Club

DIRECTOR: Ms Tavia Seymour

ENTRANCE: Signup

REHEARSAL TIME:

Drama Club is an all comers group catering specifically for Year 7 Students to introduce them to Drama Troupe style activities, including preparing one or two skits and some Theatresports skills, in a safe and welcoming environment.  Drama Club usually runs one lunch time per week.

Drama Production

DIRECTOR: Ms Tavia Seymour

ENTRANCE: Auditioned

REHEARSAL TIME:

Drama Productions are a team of students, who under teacher direction, work towards the polished performances of a full play.  Cast sizes vary and are dependent on interest and student ability.

The production process from beginning to end is approximately 12 weeks, with two afternoon rehearsals per week till 6pm and 2 additional extended rehearsals (technical and full dress runs).  A comprehensive schedule is published at the start of each production, which includes specifics of the afternoon rehearsals and highlights dress and technical rehearsals, possible holiday practices and performance dates.

When the script is cast and roles and responsibilities are accepted, the students’ full commitment to the production process is expected and taken seriously.  Attendance at all rehearsals is expected as all deadlines, such as lines, costumes, set and so on, must be met.  Focus and respect for each other in rehearsals is also expected.

Student Assistant Directors are optional and selected at the discretion of the director; they may also come from the cast.  Responsibility, servant leadership, mentoring ability and creativity are some key criteria.

 

Drama Troupe

DIRECTOR: Ms Tavia Seymour

ENTRANCE

REHEARSAL TIME:

Drama Troupe aims to provide students with a performance outlet for their drama skills and to promote learning and sharing within the school community.  This ensemble also provides an outreach into the wider community.  The ensemble is open to all students regardless of studying Drama as a subject at the College.  The group consists of around 10 students with places offered through an open audition process.  New places may come up in the year as vacancies occur.  Any subsequent place in the ensemble will also be by open audition.

An example of the types of events that the ensemble may provide performances, may include Opening and Closing Services, Easter Service, Open Day, visits to local schools, hospitals and church communities, tours, outdoor chapels, drama festivals and other special events as they arise.

Students joining this ensemble require a high level of commitment to the ongoing rehearsal process as well as commitment to attending all performances of the group.  Rehearsals will occur weekly.

Students will require a set of blacks (black trousers, black shirt) as an all purpose costume. 

Theatre Sports

DIRECTOR: Ms Tavia Seymour

ENTRANCE: Signup

REHEARSAL TIME:

Theatresports is improvised drama games with a variety of rules and constraints. Teamwork, story and creativity are the main focus.

Theatresports is open to students in all year levels.  In the past, senior students have run an informal lunch competition under the leadership of the coach.  They usually undertake mentoring in the games of younger, less experienced students and the space is open to audience and participants.  The audience nominates games and anyone can get up and have a go.  Once some basic games and skills have been taught this can, depending on the level of interest, develop into an informal, just-for-fun comp, leading to semis and a final.  This school based competition enables the coach to gain an idea of student ability and interest.  From here, teams for the interschool competition are established during Semester 1 (dependant on competition dates set early in the school year).  Auditions may be necessary depending on numbers.  Teams of 4-6 students are established based on the audition and dynamics of the combined participants.  The number of teams chosen depends on the interest and ability of students.

Senior students, by virtue of experience, will often dominate the selected teams, however, Middle School students still have the opportunity to audition fairly and those accepted are then invited to join the team training sessions 1-2 lunchtimes a week with occasional after school sessions depending on needs.  This is a great opportunity to learn the games and train with the teams.  The competitions are usually held at other schools and advertised within the College: audiences are encouraged.

The informal lunch competition generally begins in Term 2, but it can begin earlier or later depending on the how many other events are on.  This is held one lunch time during per week.

The interschool competition varies depending on the organisers but tends to be held in Semester 1.  In preparation for this, students may have an afternoon rehearsal each week for a few weeks leading up to the competition.  Also in preparation for the competition, an ‘Impro Night’ can be held which showcases the teams and encourages audience interest.

It is expected that the students will show commitment, teamwork and servant hood.  Theatresports is a lot of fun and a great way to develop dramatic and improvisational skills, as well as self-confidence.  Grace Lutheran College has a fine history of success in Theatresports competitions here in Queensland with many of our teams making it through to competition quarterfinal, semi-final and state final rounds.


Caboolture Campus Musical

ROLES: Cast (Leads, Chorus), Orchestra (Senior musical only), Costuming, Makeup, Backstage Crew, Set Design and Construction

ENTRANCE: Cast and Orchestra Auditioned, Other roles signup

Grace has a long tradition of excellence in the staging of Musicals. Students from the Caboolture campus have participated in senior productions of Anything Goes (2015), Beauty and the Beast (2013) and West Side Story (2011).

Musical productions give students the opportunity to combine their gifts and work across art forms in performance.  They are an opportunity for collaboration amongst a variety of departments within the school context, where staff lead the way in revealing to students how appreciating the strengths of others and working together towards a shared goal or vision, can offer extraordinary personal rewards and satisfaction.  This cross-arts collaboration encourages students to share their strengths and learn new skills in other areas of the arts.

A Musical is acknowledged as a big commitment.  Academics and students welfare must be taken into account prior to and for the duration of the Musical process.  Students and parents are clearly informed of the commitment requirements prior to the start of rehearsals and are asked to consider their student schedule and academic status, keeping in mind the benefits of the production before allowing their student to commit to the production.  Staff at the College, are aware of at risk students, who if they choose to commit to the production are carefully monitored and offered aid where necessary.  Students and parents are asked to sign a commitment form, which is given out at the parent night along with a comprehensive rehearsal schedule to help parents and students make an informed choice about their involvement.

The Musical process is an intense one, however not only do students benefit from and enjoy the thrill of a big production experience, but they walk away with interpersonal skills that can only be gained from this kind of involvement.


GRACE LUTHERAN COLLEGE - ROTHWELL CAMPUS

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Middle School Drama Production

DIRECTOR: Mr Tim Packer

ENTRANCE: Years 7-9, Auditioned

TIMES: Semester 2, biannually. Rehearsal Schedule per production.

Both Middle School and Senior Drama Productions are a team of students, who under teacher direction, work towards the polished performance/s of a full play.  Cast sizes vary and are dependent on interest and student ability.

Middle School Production is open to Year 7-9 students and is run biannually in Semester 2.

The production process is approximately 12 weeks and may include two afternoon rehearsals per week till approximately 6pm and 2 additional extended rehearsals (technical and full dress runs).  A comprehensive schedule is published at the start of each production, which includes specifics of the afternoon rehearsals and highlights dress and technical rehearsals, possible holiday practices and performance dates.

When the script is cast and roles and responsibilities are accepted, the students’ full commitment to the production process is expected and taken seriously.  Attendance at all rehearsals is expected as all deadlines, such as lines, costumes, set and so on, must be met.  Focus and respect for each other in rehearsals is also expected.

Assistant Directors are optional and selected at the discretion of the director; they may also come from the cast.  Responsibility, servant leadership, mentoring ability and creativity are some key criteria.

Senior Drama Troupe

DIRECTOR: Mr Tim Packer

ENTRANCE: Auditioned

Senior Drama Troupe aims to provide students with a performance outlet for their drama skills and to promote learning and sharing within the school community. This ensemble is a very open and flexible group who generally operate on 'needs basis’. Senior Drama Troupe is open to all students regardless of studying Drama as a subject at the College.

An example of the types of events that the ensemble may provide performances include Opening and Closing Services, Easter Service, Open Day, visits to local schools, hospitals and church communities, tours, outdoor chapels, drama festivals and other special events as they arise. Students from this ensemble may be given the opportunity to audition for the touring drama troupe for major tours.

Students joining this ensemble require a high level of commitment to the ongoing rehearsal process as well as commitment to attending all performances of the group. Students will require a set of blacks (black trousers, black shirt) as an all purpose costume.

 

Senior School Drama Production

DIRECTOR: Mr Tim Packer

ENTRANCE: Years 10-12, Auditioned

TIMES: Semester 1, biannually. Rehearsal Schedule per production.

Both Middle School and Senior Drama Productions are a team of students, who under teacher direction, work towards the polished performance/s of a full play.  Cast sizes vary and are dependent on interest and student ability.

Senior Drama Production is traditionally open to senior students (Years 10-12), with the occasional need for younger students where a script demands.  Senior Drama Production is currently run during Semester 1 in non-Senior School Musical years, leading to a performance in May, with the potential for offering the performance later in that year as well.

The production process is approximately 12 weeks and may include two afternoon rehearsals per week till approximately 6pm and 2 additional extended rehearsals (technical and full dress runs).  A comprehensive schedule is published at the start of each production, which includes specifics of the afternoon rehearsals and highlights dress and technical rehearsals, possible holiday practices and performance dates.

When the script is cast and roles and responsibilities are accepted, the students’ full commitment to the production process is expected and taken seriously.  Attendance at all rehearsals is expected as all deadlines, such as lines, costumes, set and so on, must be met.  Focus and respect for each other in rehearsals is also expected.

Assistant Directors are optional and selected at the discretion of the director; they may also come from the cast.  Responsibility, servant leadership, mentoring ability and creativity are some key criteria.

Theatre Sports

DIRECTOR: Serena Tas

ENTRANCE: Signup

REHEARSAL TIME: Thursday, 3:30-4:30

Theatresports is improvised drama games with a variety of rules and constraints.  Teamwork, story and creativity are the main focus. The College employs a coach to train and run rehearsals for the teams.

Theatresports is open to students in all year levels.  In the past, senior students have run an informal lunch competition under the leadership of the coach.  They usually undertake mentoring and scaffolding in the games of younger, less experienced students and the space is open to audience and participants.  The audience nominates games and anyone can get up and have a go.  Once some basic games and skills have been taught, this can, depending on the level of interest, develop into an informal, just-for-fun comp, called Impro Nite.  This school based competition enables the coach to gain an idea of student ability and interest.  From here, teams for the interschool competition are established during Semester 1 (dependant on competition dates set early in the school year).  Auditions may be necessary depending on numbers.  Teams of 4-6 students are established based on the audition and dynamics of the combined participants.  The number of teams chosen depends on the interest and ability of students.

Senior students, by virtue of experience, will often dominate the selected teams, however, Middle School students still have the opportunity to audition fairly and those accepted are then invited to join the team training sessions 1-2 lunchtimes a week with occasional after school sessions, depending on needs.  This is a great opportunity to learn the games and train with the teams.  The competitions are usually held at other schools and advertised within the College; audiences are encouraged.

It is expected that students will show commitment, teamwork and servanthood.   Theatresports is a lot of fun and a great way to develop dramatic and improvisational skills, as well as self-confidence.  Grace Lutheran College has a fine history of success in Theatresports competitions in Queensland with many of our teams making it through to competition quarterfinal, semi-final and even winning state final rounds.


Rothwell Campus Middle School Musical & Senior Musical

ROLES: Cast (Leads, Chorus), Orchestra (Senior musical only), Costuming, Makeup, Backstage Crew, Set Design and Construction

ENTRANCE: Cast and Orchestra Auditioned, Other roles signup

Grace has a long tradition of excellence in the staging of Musicals. Recent senior productions have included Anything Goes (2015), Beauty and the Beast (2013), West Side Story (2011), Pirates of Penzance (2009) and My Fair Lady (2007). Recent Middle School productions have included Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat (2014), The Aristocats (2012) and Seussical (2010). Middle School and Senior Musical run biannually in alternating years.

Musical productions give students the opportunity to combine their gifts and work across art forms in performance.  They are an opportunity for collaboration amongst a variety of departments within the school context, where staff lead the way in revealing to students how appreciating the strengths of others and working together towards a shared goal or vision, can offer extraordinary personal rewards and satisfaction.  This cross-arts collaboration encourages students to share their strengths and learn new skills in other areas of the arts.

A Musical is acknowledged as a big commitment.  Academics and students welfare must be taken into account prior to and for the duration of the Musical process.  Students and parents are clearly informed of the commitment requirements prior to the start of rehearsals and are asked to consider their student schedule and academic status, keeping in mind the benefits of the production before allowing their student to commit to the production.  Staff at the College, are aware of at risk students, who if they choose to commit to the production are carefully monitored and offered aid where necessary.  Students and parents are asked to sign a commitment form, which is given out at the parent night along with a comprehensive rehearsal schedule to help parents and students make an informed choice about their involvement.

The Musical process is an intense one, however not only do students benefit from and enjoy the thrill of a big production experience, but they walk away with interpersonal skills that can only be gained from this kind of involvement.