Dramatic Start to 2020

Our Drama students have leapt into their 2020 classes with vigour. On the very first day of the school year, the Stage 1 and 2 students in our Senior Drama class were treated to a visit from former student, Sean Proude.

Sean, who has been working in theatre as a Stage Manager for the past few years, came to chat to our current students about potential pathways for them. He also gave them an insight into the structure of professional theatre companies with whom he now works. Sean has worked with many companies since graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), including Opera Australia, the Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St. Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare. He also had the opportunity to work alongside Julie Andrews on her production of My Fair Lady when it played in Australia.

During his recent holidays, Sean was employed as Floor Manager at the ATP Tennis Tournament in Sydney, adding another level to his already diverse roles as a Stage Manager. We thank Sean for his generosity in visiting us and look forward to sharing future stories with him.

Meanwhile, our Year 9 Drama students had some bruising lessons recently. The students have just completed a unit of work on Design for Theatre, and were given some lessons to experiment with basic make-up palettes to create realistic bruises. After completing some further research into special effects make-up, the students enjoyed a messy, fun lesson creating some realistic cuts and gashes. To complete the unit of work, students researched and explored other off-stage design elements for theatre.

~ Mrs Helen Marks (Drama Teacher)

 * Photo of Sean Proude working on Opera Australia’s performance of Aida on Sydney Harbour supplied by Port Lincoln Times’ Harry Fisher.

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