“You have to understand your best. Your best isn’t anyone else’s best, but your own. Every person has his own norm. And in that norm, every person is a star. A famous actor could stand on his head and still not be as good as you! Because only you can be you! What a privilege! Nobody can achieve what you can if you do it… So do it! We need your best, your voice, your body. We don’t need for you to imitate anybody else, because that wouldn’t be your best. And if it isn’t your best then it may as well be your worst.” Stella Adler ‘The Art of Acting’
Students have a greater focus on characterisation through voice and movement. They discover language and ideas to develop dramatic action and begin to consider mood and atmosphere in their performances. Students will explore dramatic conventions, such as symbol, to create meaning in the works they create and view. Students understand that they have been created by a creative God and can give Him glory through the development and use of their individual gifts and talents in Drama. Students are given the opportunity to explore different performance styles and reflect on these in order to refine and extend their ideas and performances based on feedback, comparisons to and/or with other performances, and the development of ideas. This subject aims to extend students’ understanding of character, situation, focus, tension, mood and atmosphere through formal and informal performance opportunities and to enable them to become more comfortable with adjusting the weight of movement, speed, stillness and dramatic action in order to convey meaning to a larger and more diverse audience.
“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them” Romans 12:6a