Despite providing relief from the confines of a formal classroom environment, and also giving the boys an opportunity to express themselves in a more physical way, Drama is not simply a lesson where the boys get to ‘run wild’ and do what they like. It is a structured lesson which requires discipline and develops not only their performance skills, but their personal and social skills as well. Drama is a vital subject in that it develops self-confidence and a multitude of other skills which are so important in today’s society.
As a lot of the classwork is done in groups, it encourages tolerance, acceptance, public speaking and management/negotiation skills, patience and the ability to think creatively and ‘on-the-spot’. These are but a few of the skills that are developed and that are needed throughout life in jobs that involve working with other people.
In the Drama lessons, various skills will be covered including mime, movement, improvisation, characterization, choral verse, verbal dynamics, costume and make-up design and public speaking skills.
Every boy in the school gets an opportunity to perform on stage at some point in the year:
- Grades RR and R – Nativity Play
- Grades 1-3 – Junior Primary Play (a musical) and Grandparents’ Day
- Grades 4-7 – Grade Plays/Senior Grandparents’ Day
- Grade 7 – Major Production (a musical)
These presentations and productions give boys the opportunity to use the skills they have gained in Drama lessons and to build on these each year. Common themes, expressed in various formats, linked together with music and singing, build up to culminate in the fun and excitement of the much awaited, exciting Grade 7 production.