Theatre is one of the oldest and most influential of art forms. It brings people together through the telling of stories, enabling participants to combine interpersonal skills with intrapersonal awareness. At Loreto Toorak, the Theatre Studies program provides great inspiration and enrichment for students. It gifts them with practical and communication skills that can be applied to life beyond the class room.
All students in Year 7 undertake Theatre Studies as part of their core curriculum and it can be selected as an elective in Years 8 – 10 and as a VCE subject in both Years 11 and 12. In Theatre Studies students collaborate with peers and professional practitioners to enhance their knowledge of a variety of theatrical forms. Through engagement in theatrical production processes, playscript interpretation and performance analysis, students develop their aesthetic sensitivity, interpretive skills, critical and creative thinking abilities as well as their communication, design, technological and management knowledge.
In both the curricular and extensive cocurricular program at Loreto Toorak, students have a range of exciting opportunities to learn about theatre practices and they are encouraged to be ambitious and professional in their approach and outcomes. The authentic experience of creating theatre and presenting it to an audience can be transformational for students, and is often a highlight of their time at school.
The Theatre Studies Productions Program also includes the following:
- Performing Arts Festival – involving all students from Years 7-12
- Year 6 Musical Production
- Winter and Spring Plays with Xavier College
- Senior and Middle School Musicals with St Kevin’s College
- Year 7 and 8 Play
- Year 7 and 8 Interhouse Theatresports Festival
- Stage Crew – offering students the opportunity to develop production skills
- Past pupil involvement in productions – in design, direction and stage-management
Voice & Speech
Voice and Speech is offered to students in Years 5 - 12 and provides the opportunity to develop their oral communication skills in a positive, engaging and supportive environment. The overall aim is to produce confident, articulate young women with highly developed interpersonal and presentation skills.
The small group classes are specifically designed to cater for the needs and interests of individuals, whilst promoting interaction and communication. They also develop a love and appreciation of various forms of literature from verse to prose. This enhances clarity of speech and a pleasant, unstrained vocal tone which assist developing public speaking skills and strategies.
Voice and Speech also offers a rich program of performance opportunities for our girls including:
• Year 5 Voice and Speech Presentation Afternoon
• Year 6 AMEB Oak Parlour presentations (open to parents)
• Year 7 & 8 Voice and Speech Performance Evening
• ‘Lend us your Ears’ Oak Parlour Showcase (Verse, Prose and Music from Year 7-11)
• Eisteddfod by the Bay
• Boroondara Eisteddfod
• AMEB examinations in Speech and Drama