‘Imagination is the source of all human achievement’- Sir Ken Robinson
The Drama program at Trinity offers a plethora of creative opportunities for students interested in drama and theatre, from on-stage performance roles to backstage lighting and sound design.
In the classroom, Drama is taught from Year 3 in the Junior School with a dedicated subject specialist teacher. The Junior Drama program promotes the development of dramatic skills through creative play and as students progress through the program, they begin to develop their own works that highlight their developing skill and knowledge. Each year, a Junior School musical production or Drama showcase is produced where every student from Year 3 to Year 6 participates.
Year 7 and 8
In the Senior School, Drama is a core component of studies in Year 7 and Year 8. The courses are underpinned by the values of Creativity, Collaboration and Confidence. Students in these year levels study Drama for a term each year. In these classes, students develop their understanding of both devised and scripted works.
For our Year 7 and 8 students, we also offer the annual Middle School Play. In this program, interested students audition to participate in a term-long rehearsal process culminating in a performance season in September/October. Throughout this program, students extend on the knowledge developed in class and begin to take more creative control over the playmaking process. Working with a team of dedicated Drama professionals, the productions are of a very high-quality. While there are plenty of opportunities for students who enjoy performing to be on stage, we also offer a diverse backstage program, too. Working as part of the technical support crew, interested students are mentored by Senior Years students in all facets of production including lighting, sound and front of house.
Year 9 and 10
The classroom Drama program is offered as an elective in Years 9 and 10. These courses build upon the foundations of the previous two years and begin to introduce students theatre styles, professional production analysis and extended performance works. Students participate in external programs such as the Malthouse Theatre’s ‘Suitcase Series’, Drama Victoria’s Theatre Festival and the Year 9 Drama Inter-School Program.
For Year 9 students, they can also audition for the annual Year 9 Play which is hosted and produced by Ruyton.
VCE Drama and VCE Theatre Studies
At a VCE level, both VCE Drama and VCE Theatre Studies are on offer. Both of these subjects are taught in collaboration with Ruyton as part of the Coordinate Program.
Senior School Play
Every year we host and produce the Years 10-12 Senior School play every March/April which involves students from both Trinity and Ruyton. These productions are a much valued part of the School and are often nominated for local theatre awards. Just like the Middle School play, students are mentored by staff to undertake all elements of the production. On the performance evenings, you will see a full student-run team calling the show, operating front of house, stage managing, mixing sound and co-ordinating the lighting cues.
A much loved School event, we share this program with Ruyton Girls’ School. This program is on offer to students from Years 9-12 and is an opportunity to combine talents and passions across the performing arts in acting, singing and dancing. A large-scale event, many students participate as performers and there is an equal amount of students enjoying the challenges and opportunities of working behind the scenes.