The drama program at Melbourne Girls Grammar consists of classroom drama and the co-curricular drama program.
At Year 5 Drama is a core subject and at Years 6 – 10 Drama is an elective the girls may choose. At VCE, Drama studies are on offer.
In the Middle Years (Years 5-8) the girls explore a range of skills including: mime, vocal, improvisation, script and movement. The girls experiment with a range of genres such as melodrama, comedy, musical theatre and process theatre non-naturalism.
Classroom performances allow involvement with girls in the Junior Years at Morris Hall and Early Learning at the Barbara Tolson Centre.
Students in Year 7-8 can enrol in the elective Contemporary Movement, which focuses on using the body to communicate a narrative.
In the Senior Years the girls are involved in an exploration of non-naturalism, including dramatic elements and non-naturalistic conventions. They develop their improvisation skills and take part in classroom performances of both scripted and group devised works.
VCE Drama classes perform ensemble pieces, scripted plays and solo performances.
The Drama Program is enhanced by our proximity to the cultural heart of Melbourne and our students see a diverse range of theatrical performances at various venues.
There are five Houses at Melbourne Girls Grammar: Batman, Clarke, Hensley, Mungo and Taylor. The inter-house music drama program competition fosters House spirit, camaraderie and participation for all students.
The annual festival is a major House event and involves large numbers of girls from Years 5 to 12 in the writing, rehearsing, producing and performing of a House play. This provides an authentic opportunity for girls to lead, learn and be a part of a dynamic community building activity.
At the Merton Hall Campus, the Drama Department is situated in a purpose built facility and includes:
- The Open Space – a performance studio – and provides a place for students to rig, focus and operate lights.
- Godot provides a drama classroom complete with projection and screen for viewing and when combined with the balconies, provides a spacious foyer for productions.
- Laban is a movement studio complete with a mirrored wall, a sprung dance floor and fold down make-up benches for use in productions.
- Artuad is the costume room.
Co-curricular drama consists of several major productions each year; these range from plays to musicals and involve students from both the Middle and Senior Years.
Experiential learning is a well-established vehicle for our drama girls to broaden and deepen their knowledge and skills.