“Just remember logic will get you from A to B - But the Imagination will take you everywhere.”
When Albert Einstein said this, he was thinking of our Drama Festival. Our everywhere has led us all to here. So, thank you to the amazing and passionate Drama educators for making this happen, without everyone being so willing, committed and generous with their time and giving of their self, we would not have an association.
Drama has the potential to unify. It can speak in many languages without a translator. The arts do not discriminate. The arts can lift us up. We are about to lift up the Sunshine Coast! That’s pretty fine in my world. I am just so excited and really proud to offer this to our talented students.
Ricki-lee Bernhardt-Turpin - Drama Teacher Kawana Waters State College and President of The Sunshine Coast Schools’ Drama Festival
Other information about the festival:
The Sunshine Coast Schools’ Drama Festival is a celebratory event that invites drama teachers and school students to share performance work. The festival provides a platform to showcase school performances from across the Sunshine Coast and surrounding region within a supportive arts education community.
The Festival aims:
• To profile and celebrate the creative performance work of students and teachers engaged in drama education
• To enhance the confidence and creativity of students and drama teachers through the sharing of dramatic performances
• To inspire young people to pursue excellence through collaborative performance
• To nurture the sustainable development of a theatre/drama culture on the Sunshine Coast
• To cultivate new audiences for live theatre across the Coast
The festival is organised and led by drama educators; all members of the Sunshine Coast Schools’ Drama Festival Association (SCSDFA).
Drama teachers from Sunshine Coast schools nominated their entry in February this year. The categories are: Junior Section years 6, 7 and 8, Intermediate Section years 9 and 10 and Senior Section years 11 and 12
The festival offers a unique opportunity for over 700 dedicated and passionate students to explore the Arts, creativity, communication, education and issues of social justice in a collaborative environment.
Drama performances are judged by an external adjudicator. This year Dr Jo Loth from the University of the Sunshine Coast will be adjudicating the students against standards, rather than against each other. Dr Loth is the Discipline Leader of Drama at the University of the Sunshine Coast. With over 20 years theatrical experience, Dr Loth is as passionate about creating new works as she is in developing the next generation of performance makers. She has extensive experience in tertiary level teaching, directing, writing, performance and research. Schools will receive detailed feedback from the adjudicator.
The festival ‘Sections’ Junior, Intermediate and Senior, are hosted by different schools each year. This year the sections are hosted by Chancellor State College Secondary Campus at the Performing Arts Theatre.
The final evening of the festival showcases the Gold and Platinum dramatic performances called the ‘Highlights’ evening hosted by ‘The Events Centre’, Caloundra, a professional Theatre venue, the region’s primary performance venue on the Sunshine Coast.
The Festival’s point of difference is a focus on: Innovation, Student devised work, Social Justice, Educational outcomes and Collaboration.
Students will perform and compete against a set of standards and criteria: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Special Performance Awards….
These perpetual trophies are awarded to students/schools who demonstrate outstanding focus, stage presence, commitment and acting skills within any production.
Outstanding Performance Award Perpetual Trophy - The University of the Sunshine Coast School of Communication and Creative Industries
Aspiring Acting Award Perpetual Trophy - The Events Centre
Events Centre, Caloundra.
An evening that celebrates Excellence in Drama Education, with all Gold, Platinum and Adjudicators choice dramatic performances being performed in the professional Play House Theatre. The University of the Sunshine Coast School of Communication And Creative Industries OUTSTANDING AWARD Trophy and the Aspiring Acting Award Perpetual Trophy - The Events Centre, will be announced and presented to the deserving schools.
2015 Suynshine Coast Schools' Drama Festival
The Events Centre, 20 Michinton Street, Caloundra
Venue Chancellor State College Secondary Campus
Junior Section – Wednesday August 05 @ 6pm
Intermediate Section – Thursday August 06 @ 6pm Tickets at the door Adults $5.00 | Students $2.00
Senior Section – Friday August 07 @ 6pm
Highlights Saturday 8th of August - Public Performance 7pm
The Events Centre, Caloundra
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