Senior secondary students from throughout the Geelong region are taking over the Drama Theatre as part of Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s innovative education program.
The festival known as Take Over offers students a series of technical and creative workshops and rehearsals, culminating in live performances on the Drama Theatre stage.
Students from years 9-12 have come from sevenschools in Geelong including Surf Coast Secondary College, Belmont High, Geelong Grammar, St Joseph’s College, Sacred Heart College, Grovedale College and Geelong High to take part in the annual youth festival.
They have been working since early this year with Sound Artist James Milson. James is an award-winning composer and producer working in music, audio and mixed media who has challenged the students to think about how sound can have an impact on a performance and its audience
Students have been learning about all areas of theatre production including performance, sound, lighting and stage management, to help them develop, produce, rehearse and perform their own 20-minute theatre piece based on the theme “A Digital World”.
They’ve also gained hands-on backstage experience, working with GPAC technical crew on sound, lighting design, equipment use and stage management.
The students will perform their work across two nights this week, June 6-7 at 7.30pm. Family, friends and members of the public are invited to view the performances. All tickets are $8.00. Bookings are available at the GPAC Box Office: phone 5225 1200 or visit www.gpac.org.au