School of Performing Arts

The School of Performing Arts (SPA) provides an exciting and innovative ‘school within a school’ for students in Years 7 to 12 with outstanding talents in vocal, drama, dance and instrumental.

St Michael’s Collegiate is renowned for its commitment to the performing arts. The School of Performing Arts (SPA) is a specialist program offering talented students in Years 7 to 12 a high calibre performing arts experience. The role of SPA is to help students develop as communicative artists. We aim for our students to be instilled with the dedication and understanding to reach within themselves to affect and move audiences.

The School of Performing Arts takes place in the McNeill Performing Arts Centre. Within the centre is a 250 seat theatre, dance studio, drama studio, practice rooms, dressing rooms and foyer. The SPA program aims to extend students in a variety of ways, and for a variety of purposes, including creating performances both for the School community and wider public audiences, participating in Eisteddfod and AMEB competitions, and preparing students for auditions such as NIDA, VCA, WAAPA and BAPA.

SPA students undertake a rigorous audition for a place within the program and only those students who satisfy the criteria are accepted. SPA students then choose SPA in place of other electives in their timetable. There are two core areas of SPA:

Year 7

SPA - Foundation Skills

Students in Year 7 who are accepted into the SPA Program undertake a specialised training program that focusses on intensive skills development across dance, drama and singing.

Delivery
1 x double lesson per week for 1 semester

Learning Outcomes
Students will:
• Gain specialist training in dance, drama and singing
• Participate in master classes with visiting and local industry professionals
• Have the opportunity to participate in an interstate trip to see a major musical production
• Compete in the City of Hobart Eisteddfod
• Present a showcase concert of their work at the end of Semester 1

Years 8 to 12

SPA - Advanced Performance Skills

Students in Years 8 to 12 who are accepted into the SPA Advanced Performance course will undertake intensive training in an area of Principle Study: Voice, Drama, Dance or Instrumental. This course is designed to prepare students to audition for a wide range of specialist performing arts schools, conservatoriums and other courses at tertiary level. It will include solo performance work, ensemble work, master classes and rehearsals for special events.
In addition, students also select from a range of ‘Associate Studies’ which will be offered in the single period timetabled each week. Each unit runs for a period of 1 term and students are encouraged to choose from a wide variety of units during their time in the SPA program.

Delivery
1 x double lesson and 1 x single lesson all year (3 lessons per week in total)

Learning Outcomes
Students will:
• Gain specialist training in dance, drama, singing or instrumental
• Participate in master classes with visiting and local industry professionals
• Have the opportunity to participate in an interstate trip to see a major musical production
• Compete in the City of Hobart Eisteddfod
• Perform in relevant SPA concert and performance evenings
• Perform in the Senior School Musical (every second year)

Learn more about our new SPA Offerings in the SPA Flier here.

The dedicated teaching team at SPA consists of professional dancers, actors and musicians who are committed to passing on their industry knowledge of a life in the performing arts.

 

SPA Audition Requirements for entry in 2018

An application form for SPA is available below and completed forms may be forwarded to the School of Performing Arts Office.

SPA Foundation Skills (Year 7 program)

Auditions will be held on Saturday 5 August between 10:00am and 11:00am.

Students should prepare either a song (accompanist provided) or a monologue of their own choice or from those provided below. These should be performed from memory.

All students will be required to participate in a short group dance audition (wear suitable clothes).

SPA Advanced Skills (Years 8 to 12 program)

Auditions will be held on Friday 4 August. Students will be advised of their allotted audition time.

VOCAL
Students should prepare 2 contrasting songs of any genre, preferably performed from memory. There will also be some aural and sight-reading tests. Students will need to organise their own accompanist.

INSTRUMENTAL
Students should prepare 2 contrasting pieces in any style. There will also be aural and some sight-reading. Students will need to organise their own accompanist if required.

DRAMA
Students should select and prepare a monologue of their own choice or from those provided below. The monologue should be performed from memory.

DANCE
Students will take part in a group audition run like a dance class. Students will warm-up, demonstrate corner work and other exercises, and learn a short choreographed routine. Students should bring appropriate clothes to dance in.

Downloads

SPA Audition Monologues

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Collegiate SPA 2018 Application

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School of Performing Arts (SPA) Flier

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