Drama encourages and promotes self-confidence, language skills, imagination, creativity and co-operation and the valuable lessons that it instills live on long after school days.
Drama takes place on two levels at Treverton College…
Firstly, two exciting productions happen on the Treverton theatre stage every year. The College puts on a full dramatic production in the first half of the year, with a musical every second year. Auditions are open to the whole school. In the past such shows such as ‘Grease’, ‘Annie’, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Servant of Two Masters’, ‘Joseph and his amazing techni-coloured dreamcoat’ and ‘Hairspray’ have graced the stage.
In the second half of the year, the College pupils are able to take part in the annual Revue, which showcases the many talents of the pupils, including singing, dancing, music and drama. Memories are made that last for a lifetime.
Not only does this hold true for those who participate on stage but also for those who get involved in the various behind-the-scenes activities such as sound and lighting, set-building and painting, make-up, and costume assistance.
The theatre also has a dedicated technical crew, made up solely of pupils, who run the lighting and sound for all events, including shows, assemblies, chapel services and many other functions. They learn a lot about technical equipment and earn service hours for the work that they do.
Secondly, on the Academic front, Dramatic Art at Treverton is an examinable Matric subject that encompasses an exciting and broad-based programme. At least half of this content is theory: studying of plays and playwrights; the origins and history of theatre, and different forms of speech, drama, dance, movement and music.
There is also a large practical component to which pupils are exposed in a modern, well-equipped theatre. This includes aspects of drama and theatrical production such as: performance arts, set & stage design, costumes & make-up, lights & sound, marketing & publicity, stage management, choreography and producing & directing.
In South Africa at the moment, careers that use Dramatic Arts are thriving, especially in film. There are several avenues of further studying that a pupil can take, including main stream degrees at regular universities and specialised degrees in film and live performance at institutions such as technicons and AFDA.
Although not all the pupils who take Dramatic Arts find themselves in a performance-based career, they all benefit from the inherent skills that they have learnt. In today’s world, big companies who hire managers look for people with Drama experience; those who go into the medical field benefit from the problem-solving skills they have learnt and the ability to communicate both verbally and non-verbally; teachers find the skills they have learnt invaluable; in fact any career that works with people utilises the skills learnt in Dramatic Arts. Not only that, but a Dramatic Arts learner comes out of school with a maturity and ability to assess situations, deal with them in a considerate manner and solve problems creatively.
In short, taking Dramatic Arts while at school sets you up for life!