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This year, Year 6 students at Kambala are putting on the production, Aladdin Jr. Each student has been assigned a role, meaning there are multiple of the same character, which encourages inclusivity and gives each student the opportunity to shine. During rehearsal, students are responsible for moving their props on and off stage and writing their own stage directions on their scripts.
The cohort is able to build stronger connections and confidence throughout the rehearsal process by watching and providing feedback of each scene, participating in costume and make-up trials and viewings, singing as an ensemble and by rehearsing and collaborating on the finale dance.
Year 4 is also working on their production, Fractured Fairy Tales, for the end of term Drama Showcase. Each class has been divided into four groups with each working together to learn lines and stage their scenes. This is an adapted experience for Year 4 as their production of James and the Giant Peach was cancelled due to COVID-19. The girls displayed resilience at the change in plans and accepted this new challenge with open arms. In addition to staging their own scenes, students have assisted in the collaborative process by choosing different digital backgrounds for their scenes and appropriate props to help enhance their stories.
The importance of Drama in the curriculum
As a teacher, I feel Drama allows students to step away from their screens and develop skills necessary for their futures. Skills such as discipline, collaboration, communication and creativity may assist students in future presentations, job interviews and enable them to be better team players.
Drama allows students to develop self-confidence through creative expression, gain the ability to work as an individual and within small groups and to have the experience to prepare, perform and film their own work. As a Drama teacher, I always endeavour to create a safe environment for my students to ensure they feel comfortable to express themselves and perform in front of peers.
Instilling confidence in girls
School Drama productions are not just about performing. I ensure my students are involved in the creative process from the very beginning. Researching characters and assisting with costumes, props and lighting are all ways to help create connections between teacher and student. Most importantly, Drama enhances the confidence experienced by students as they discover their unique abilities – whether that is in acting, writing, creating, directing, collaborating or designing.
To find out more about Drama at Kambala, download our Prospectus, or contact Tracy Mulligan, Director of Enrolments, on 02 9388 6844.
About the Author
Anna Derrig is a Junior School Drama Teacher at Kambala. She is responsible for teaching Stages 2 and 3 curriculum Drama to students in Years 3 to 6. She also coordinates and directs the annual Year 4 and Year 6 productions.