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Performing Arts Electives

COMPOSING MUSIC FOR TV AND FILM   Code: MUS

Can you hum the saxophone solo from the Simpsons theme song? How do you know when something bad is going to happen in a horror movie???

In this elective, you will investigate how music is used to create atmosphere and drama on the screen, as well as how it contributes to the development of a storyline. Once you have an understanding of this, you will then have an opportunity to create your own soundtrack to a film or advertisement of your choice. This may even include writing and producing your own short film.......!!!!!

LINKS TO VCE: This subject is suitable for students wishing to follow on with Music Performance Units 1 and 2.


MUSIC: SO YOU WANT TO BE A STAR?    Code: STA

Ever dreamt of being a rockstar or the next Australian Idol? Get a head start now by developing your playing and performing skills. You have the choice as to whether you perform solo or with others in the class. You can even choose what sort of music you want to work on.

This class will provide you with the opportunity to practise and develop your skills, working towards performing your songs at an end of semester concert.

Watch out, Ricki Lee! Move over, Silverchair! Here comes......?

LINKS TO VCE: This subject is suitable for students wishing to follow on with Music Performance Units 1 and 2.


DRAMA: THE UNREAL DEAL   Code: UD

Students will have an ‘unreal’ time learning about performing in an ‘unrealistic or non-naturalistic’ way using the theories and techniques of the following styles of theatre:

• Poor Theatre
• Epic Theatre
• Theatre of the Oppressed
• Theatre of Cruelty

These styles offer young actors an exciting new way to perform using such conventions as transformation, alienation, forum theatre and evoking the senses. Students will apply these new techniques to creating their own performance for the Monash Schools Drama Festival. Working in groups they will devise their own play so that they may use theatre as a way of expressing their ideas to audiences beyond the school setting. While not a pre-requisite for VCE Drama, the knowledge and skills learnt in this unit will be very beneficial should you choose to do Drama in Years 11 and/or 12.

LINKS TO VCE: VCE Drama Units 1 - 4, VCE Art 1-4, Technology - Textiles, English and English Literature.


DRAMA: THE UNREAL DEAL ADVANCED   Code: UDA

Unreal Deal Advanced is an exciting practical unit that enables students to really immerse themselves into creating and performing dramatic presentations for an audience. Whether you want to prepare for VCE Drama or finish your performing arts experience with a bang, this unit is for you. At the same time, this unit will develop your confidence to act and present to an audience. It will also make you a more confident, less shy individual in many wider world situations.

Students will create, perform and use stagecraft such as lighting, sounds, multimedia, makeup and costume to present for an audience. Students will delve deeper into performance styles such as :

• Theatre of the Absurd
• Kabuki and Noh theatre
• Physical theatre
• Elizabethan theatre
• Commedia Dell’arte

The semester will involve performing both inside and outside the college, viewing professional performances and specializing in stagecraft areas of their choice. The “performance project” will involve the use of non-naturalism and scripted works. Students are encouraged to do this unit as an extension of Unreal Deal but can also do it as a unit on its own. While it is not a pre-requisite for VCE Drama, the knowledge and skills learnt in this unit will be very beneficial should you choose to do Drama in Yr 11 and/or 12.

Links to VCE Units 1-4 Drama, VCE units 1-4 in Art, Technology, English and English Literature.