Dominic College actors get the right experience

YOUNG drama students at Dominic College finished term one on a high when they performed their inaugural production of ‘Junior Talking Heads’ for residents of Glenorchy’s aged care facilities.

Dominic College director of creative arts Mike O’Brien said students from years seven and eight performed a series of short monologues, vividly bringing to life special scenes and characters from a range of literature.

“The audience response was excellent as student after student presented their characters with apparent ease and commitment to the moment,” he said.

“Our visitors were delighted to be in our brilliant black box theatre, the Oratory Space, and very much enjoyed the performance.

“It was terrific to see the guests being fussed over by the cast as they discussed the performances and shared memories about their own school experiences.”

The Glenorchy Gardens and Glenview Community Services residents were also treated to afternoon tea prepared and served by the college’s year nine and 10 food studies students.

Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said that although the performance was a collection of individual pieces, it had a strong ensemble feel to it.

“These students will grow even more in capacity thanks to the confidence they have gained through well-timed performance opportunities,” she said.

The performers in the 2016 Junior Talking Heads had begun working with their specialist drama teacher, Jessica Brownrigg, two-years ago.

Ms Gilligan said the college was fortunate to be a kindergarten to year 10 (K-10) school on one site, where students had relatively easy exposure to, and involvement in, specialised creative arts.

“Being at K-10 school, we use our specialist teachers in creative arts, HPE, science, languages and home economics across the whole school for the enrichment of all students,” she said.

Dominic College students will be presenting their art, music, dance, photography and drama skills during the biennial Creative Arts Festival which commences on 7 September in the Long Gallery at the Salamanca Arts precinct in Hobart.

Caption: Dominic College performing arts students delighted residents of Glenorchy Gardens and Glenview with their inaugural production of ‘Junior Talking Heads’.

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