The Drama Department is actively involved in a number of co-curricular programmes including
Senior School Musical
This is a major production in Term 1 each year with a large cast, backstage crew and orchestra. The cast for the musical requires the combined talents of acting and well-trained singing. This production also gives ample opportunity for those interested in backstage work.
Senior School Play Series
The annual Play Series involves our Senior College drama students performing their NCEA assessment pieces for an audience. Often edgy productions that push the boundaries for the students and audience alike, these ‘mini productions’ are sophisticated productions. With minimal props and costuming, the focus is placed clearly on the actors and their stage craft; their ability to not only deliver their lines but to use complex dramatic skills to fully engage their audience.
Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Competition
Run by the Drama Department, this is an opportunity for students to express their passion for Shakespeare. There are both student-directed and staff-directed performances of selected scenes of many well-known Shakespearian plays. These are entered into regional competitions and a number of them have been selected for the National finals.
More than 150 students and 25 coaches train weekly to compete in in-house competitions as well as part of the Auckland Theatresports Youth Programmes competition. Under the guidance of Drama Department, the College has made the finals of this competition a number of times, including winning the Auckland title twice in 2008 and 2014.