Drama and Theatre Arts
Our Drama and Theatre Arts courses at Merchiston aim to foster a
greater appreciation of the world by cultivating a lifelong love of the arts.
In Drama, students enjoy a diverse range of performance
based activities, developing their creative and artistic talents. Theatre Arts are studied by exploring performance history and dramatic techniques - improvisation, mime, masks, and acting styles such as comedy, tragedy, tragicomedy and melodrama.
The Juniors Drama course focuses on assisting students in their
personal development (self-confidence, communication and performance skills) and includes two showcases. Each showcase is scripted and gives students the invaluable opportunity to perform in front of their family and peers.
Overview of Units
Unit 1: Movement and Physical Theatre
Unit 2: Improvisation skills
Unit 3: Commedia dell'arte and clowning
Unit 4: Voice and how to use it
Unit 5: Duologues and scene study
The Seniors Theatre Arts course develops performance skills and
appreciation of theatre, by learning about the history of the performance
arts (Greek theatre to present day). Students also explore several well
known plays and playwrights and take part in various projects that
stretches and extends skills in performance, collaboration, play analysis and project management. Seniors students also perform in two showcases that focuses on the playwrights explored during the term.
Overview of Units
Unit 1: Improvisation skills
Unit 2: Theatre Styles through history
Unit 3: Voice and monologues
Unit 4: Designing for the Stage
Unit 5: Directing Skills
Unit 6: Theatre Production
School Play or Musical: We aim to produce a play or musical at the end of each school year. All students in Year 4 and above have an opportunity to audition for a role, or to take responsibility for other aspects of the show, such as scenery, costume, make up and direction. Taking part in a school show is an unforgettable experience for students.