The College commitment to the Arts programme is particularly evident in the ever growing interest amongst students in the dramatic arts. Drama students have a dedicated space under the performance venue, Elliot Hall, with two drama suites and associated costume and props storage, for the teaching of drama and for performance rehearsal. Elliot Hall has a full stage, professional light and sound equipment and seating for almost a thousand, offering a professional performance venue.
Three major productions are staged each year; one with a focus on dramatic performance for our students and the other two created as a collaboration between the music, drama and dance departments; one for Middle School students and one for Seniors. Students of all ages are encouraged to be involved and a bond quickly forms between members of the cast, crew and staff.
The technology available at the College offers the possibility of an added dimension to our stage productions with the inclusion of projected still and video images, combined with exciting music, sound and lighting techniques. The senior students involved in this aspect of the shows gain a great deal of technical knowledge and play an important part mentoring younger students to eventually take their place.
There is plenty of opportunity for students to be involved with all facets of the College productions. For those who do not enjoy being in the limelight, there are many openings to take a role in lighting, backstage, set construction, makeup, hair design and front of house. Whilst actors are always acknowledged for their talents, those that make up the rest of the drama team are also recognised for the important part they play in making our productions a success.