At ASHS all students in Year 8 participate in Introductory Drama for one semester. They engage in a variety of workshops including vocal development, confidence building exercises creating both their own plays and working on scripted material, stagecraft skills improvisation, theatre sports and short small group plays. The students also experience incorporating basic production skills such as lighting and soundscapes into their performances. This course develops student confidence in performing in front of others and is an introduction to further Drama studies.
In Year 9 and Year 10, students can choose Drama units which explore performance and production at a more sophisticated level. Evening performances are part of the semester length courses and many students may choose to study one Drama course in both semester 1 and 2. Students study basic theatre history, stagecraft skills and write and perform their own plays before an evening audience. Students will develop skills in theatre based multimedia, audio and lighting techniques. Year 10 students also have the chance to do lighting for their own performance, senior school Drama, Dance or Music performances.
Year 11 and 12 students can choose to do Drama as one of their full year courses. Drama is offered as both a General and ATAR course in both year 11 and 12. They study two full-length plays each year and participate in a range of practical performances, both during class time and ias a major production evening performances. Both written, including exams and practical work, including acting and production, are part of the senior school Drama course. In Year 12 those students studying the ATAR course also need to work towards external practical and written examinations.
Students in Years 11 and 12 have the chance to attend the fabulous Perth International Arts Festival camp. This 3 to 4 day excursion to Perth is an invaluable learning experience for Drama students, allowing them to see a wide range of professional national and international theatre, a movie and a range of visual arts exhibitions.
For all Drama students at ASHS, there are opportunities throughout the year to work with visiting professional Drama workshops, attend performances by visiting theatre groups in the ASHS Performing Arts Theatre (PAT) and at local theatre venues.