Theatre programmes at Saint Stephen’s College offer students a blend of academic curriculum plus co-curricular opportunities in academic drama, musicals, speech and drama, and technical theatre.
Theatre students at Saint Stephen’s College are excellent communicators who want to explore their love of the arts.
Drama is one of the oldest art forms. People have always used drama as a vehicle for understanding to contextualise their experiences and gain knowledge about the world, society and culture.
Students in the junior academic drama programme study the core elements of drama and develop their drama skills, as outlined in the Australian Curriculum.
Students in the senior academic drama programme explore the dramatic languages and study how historical styles of drama have shaped our modern world.
The drama club offers students opportunities to develop their public speaking, dramatic and social skills as they improve their self-esteem and confidence. The drama club performs regularly at College events including Chapel and Assembly.
Speech and Drama
Students who study speech and drama at Saint Stephen’s College develop better communication skills, clarity of expression and social confidence. This prepares students for their future educational and professional challenges.
The speech and drama programme incorporates mime, movement, poetry, characterisation, improvisation, theory and plays. Individual lessons in musical theatre are also on offer for interested students.
Speech and drama students are encouraged to participate in various performing arts festivals and also have the option to participate in external examinations through Trinity Guildhall (London) or the Australian Speech Communication Association.
Theatralis is the College’s large-scale theatre production. Running every second year, the production is designed to bring original theatre to the Saint Stephen’s College community and gives students a grand opportunity to demonstrate their performance skills.
Acting auditions are open to students in Years 9 to 12. There are also many opportunities to participate in backstage and production roles such as lighting, sound, make-up, costume, set construction and more.
Past Theatralis productions
- 2010 - Our Story
- 2009 - Moving On
- 2008 - About Me
- 2007 - Bloom
- 2006 - Cosi
- 2005 - Living with Lady Macbeth
- 2003 - Dimboola
- 2002 - Oh What A Lovely War
- 2001 - Black Comedy
- 2000 - The Servant of Two Masters
- 1999 - The Affair of the Lone Banana
- 1998 - A Start is Spawn
All students at Saint Stephen’s College are invited to participate in either the Junior School Musical or the Senior School Musical every second year.
Main on-stage roles and solo parts are open by audition only; however all students, regardless of experience, have the opportunity to participate in the chorus. There are also opportunities to participate in backstage roles, production roles and orchestra.
Participation in the College musical does incur a levy for every student involved in the orchestra, crew, production and on-stage roles. The levy includes a production T-shirt.
Rehearsals take place at lunchtimes, after school and some weekends.
Past musical theatre productions
- 2012 - Footloose (Years 7 to 12)
- 2011 - No Strings Attached (Years 4 to 6)
- 2010 - Guys and Dolls (Years 7 to 12)
- 2008 - High School Musical (Years 7 to 12)
- 2007 - Greece is the Word (Years 6 to 8)
- 2007 - Musical Magic 3 (Years 4 and 5)
- 2006 - Sheik, Rattle and Roll (Junior School)
- 2006 - Back to the 80’s (Senior School)
- 2004 - Monkey Business (Junior School)
- 2004 - The Wizard of Oz (Senior School)
- 2003 - Hanging Ten (Junior school)
- 2003 - Barnum (Senior School)
- 2002 - Gel (Junior School)
- 2002 - Godspell (Senior School)
- 2001 - Man of Steel (Junior School)
- 2001 - Fiddler on the Roof (Senior School)
- 2000 - Rocky Monster Show (Junior School)
- 2000 - Oklahoma! (Senior School)
- 1999 - Ebenezer (Junior School)
- 1999 - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream coat (Senior School)
- 1998 - Assignment Earth (Junior School)
- 1998 - Cats ‘n’ Crossbones (Senior School)
- 1997 - Bugsy Malone
- 1996 - Oliver (abridged)
Students studying technical theatre gain practical experience using the latest industry standard equipment. Students are offered opportunities to work alongside industry professionals as they apply their skills at the College’s events and large-scale productions.
Senior students studying technical theatre are also offered the opportunity to complete the Certificate III in Live Production through National Technical Training while they complete their senior years of schooling at Saint Stephen’s College.