Performing Arts Co-Curricular Activities
At the College, we pride ourselves on the emerging high profile of the Arts. There are myriad opportunities for boys to get involved in what is a highly rewarding part of school life.
In the Preparatory School, a new innovation which began in 2018 is the weekly Arts Hour for boys in Year 5 and 6. Students study six class rotations in singing, dance (hip-hop, tap and Latin/ballroom), filmmaking and Theatresports. Boys work closely with external tutors who are experts in their field. The skills learned in these areas are presented to parents on a termly basis when students have the chance to showcase their work. The emphasis on consolidating these skills is also a priority, with boys having the opportunity to continue their interests in Year 7 outside of school hours.
Drama – Co-curricular
From Year 7, boys engage in two distinct co-curricular forms of Drama at PAC.
Once a week on Wednesday afternoons the Theatresports teams meet to train in competitive theatre; they work closely with leading improvisers in South Australia such as Marshall Cowan and Kirsty Wigg from ImproNow! The teams meet at least once a semester with other schools for Theatresports competitions. In 2017, the Year 7 team emerged victorious from a meet at Brighton Secondary College against two other schools, while we have hosted Wilderness School in Term 2, 2018, with the girls walking away with the trophy. In November 2019 PAC hosted the second heat of the annual Schools’ Cup with six schools and ten teams competing for the trophy. We will be back next year!
The College’s resident theatre group, The Princes Players Theatre Company, stages an annual production which typically alternates between a classic play and a musical for the whole family. Drawing cast members from across the Preparatory School and the Secondary School, this annual production is eagerly anticipated. The Princes Players works with our local sister schools and meets every Tuesday evening for rehearsals between 6-8pm, with occasional Saturdays leading up to opening night. In June 2017, the Princes Players proudly presented Lionel Bart’s Oliver! with a cast of seventy-four boys from Year 4 upwards. In September 2018, the Players presented the seminal play Our Town by Thornton Wilder.
Following the roaring success of Bugsy Malone in June 2019, the Princes Players will return in July 2020 with a funny and farcical adaptation of Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors. Taking the very best of commedia dell’arte tradition, conventions and style, come and watch our students perform this classic version of Carlo Goldoni’s original The Servant of Two Masters.
Film and Media Studies – Co-curricular
Bleed Red is a unique co-curricular offering that provides boys with opportunities to engage in a high level of audio-visual (AV) performance. Through a variety of short AV productions, Bleed Red participants develop their creative, collaborative and organisational capacities, while developing a high level of skill in the use of a variety of AV equipment and software. Bleed Red productions are produced to a high standard aiming for professional quality in all aspects of AV output.
While Bleed Red is a Performing Arts opportunity, it is deeply connected to all aspects of student life through its continued service to the pastoral, academic and co-curricular experiences and achievements of our boys. Each production focuses on the qualities of the Princes Man, celebrating our boys through the eyes of the students themselves.
Much like each player in a football team knows the position they play and their role in the team, so too Bleed Red participants should know which role they are playing and how to perform in it. As such, Bleed Red’s structure is based upon that employed by a professional television production company.
Each of the production roles provides students with an opportunity to develop skills unique to that role whilst developing an understanding of how their role affects and is affected by the performance of others.
Music – Co-curricular
PAC’s co-curricular Music Program gives students the opportunity to develop their music skills and form strong social connections in a wide variety of musical settings. Under the direction of experienced and passionate music educators, our ensembles rehearse once or twice per week and prepare repertoire for regular performances within and outside of the College, including involvement in competitions, festivals and tours. Students learn material that will challenge and develop them technically on their instrument/voice, as well providing them with greater insight into the context of various works, composers and time periods. The co-curricular Music Program is not exclusive to students studying curriculum Music; any student with a desire to play music with others can find an ensemble that fits their interests and needs. Students wishing to develop their music comprehensively are encouraged to undertake both curricular and co-curricular Music. Ensembles within the co-curricular Music Program include:
- Concert Bands: Senior Band, Intermediate Band, Junior Band, Beginner Band
- Big Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, Prep
- Vocal Ensembles: Princes Choir, Senior Vocal Ensemble, Junior Choir
- Strings: Chamber Strings, Piano Trio, Camerata String Quartet, Intermediate Strings, Junior Strings
- Rock Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4
- Street Jazz Band
- Motown Band
- Saxophone Quartet
- Guitar Ensembles: Senior, Junior
- Drum Corp: Senior, Junior
Please click this link for the INSTRUMENTAL/VOCAL TUITION FORM 2020
Please complete and return this form to the Performing Arts office (Waterhouse Building) for processing.