Theatre and drama are important creative outlets that teach a myriad of themes and skills. The interpretation of written texts and the production of live performances help us to continually question and further understand what it is to be human. ELTHAM College has a long tradition of bringing contemporary and traditional performances to the stage and we are pleased to highlight two upcoming opportunities to see our students at their best.
Rehearsals are underway for the VCE Theatre Studies Production of The Laramie Project.
The play focusses on how the community of Laramie, in America, are affected by the murder of Matthew Shepherd. This is a true story. His death in the early 1990s led to the nation launching into a dialogue that brought to the surface how we speak about homosexuality, sexual politics, education, class, violence, privileges and rights, and the difference between tolerance and acceptance. The play is a Verbatim piece, meaning the words spoken are actually the real words spoken by the citizens of Laramie, recorded in interviews and transcribed into a script.
This talented and committed group of 10 students have taken responsibility for all the design elements, the direction and of course the acting. The class is passionate about communicating the messages embedded in the play and are determined to do this evocative script justice by putting on the best production they possibly can. We would love to see you in the audience on either Tuesday 2 May or Wednesday 3 May. It’s free!
You can reserve your place by clicking here.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated – Mahatma Gandhi
A cast and crew of 44 ELTHAM College students from Year 9 to Year 12 are currently rehearsing a production of Animal Farm by George Orwell.
Animal Farm is a work that has been praised, banned, criticised, continually adapted and studied over the years, and its potency remains intact. This infamous story chronicling the journey of three ambitious pigs, a collection of farmers with terrible attitudes, and a mish-mash assortment of farmyard animals, each struggling to fit into society, is certainly entertaining. But it is also a profound comment on humanity and history.
How does an actor playing a human play an animal? How do we create a farm full of animals that is not really a farm but an allegorical representation the corruption of power and the loss of ideals? These are some of the questions that we are having an exciting time exploring in the rehearsal space. This production is proving to be a hoot… and a bleat… and a snort. Our adaptation for the stage of this powerful dystopian classic will bring it screaming into the present.
We cannot wait to share our work with you. Book now by clicking here.