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 Principal 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 below.

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.

 

ENTRY TO SPA FOR 2019

Auditions for entry into the School of Performing Arts for current Collegiate students will be held on Friday 23 March 2018. This date is earlier than in previous years to allow for a timelier allocation of SPA scholarships.

An application form, found below, should be submitted to the Performing Arts Office by 5.00pm on Wednesday 21 March.

SPA Foundation

Current Year 6 students wishing to audition for the Year 7 SPA program will be required to participate in a group audition. Auditionees will be taken through a vocal and physical warm-up and will learn some choreography as a group. Students will also be provided with the chance to perform a prepared song or monologue of their choice. Suggested monologues can be found below.

Please note that auditionees do not have to be proficient in all areas of SPA (singing, dancing and acting). The panel will be looking for aptitude in one or more areas.

The Year 7 Program runs for 1 semester, at the end of which students may be required to audition for their chosen stream for the Senior SPA program.

 

Senior SPA

Students wishing to audition for Senior SPA (Years 8 to 12) will be allocated an individual audition time and should prepare according to their chosen stream:

Vocal – a song in any style. Please provide own accompaniment either live or recorded. Students may be asked to sight-read or undergo some aural tests.

Instrumental – two contrasting pieces on their instrument/s. Please provide any accompaniment either live or recorded. Students may be asked to sight-read or undergo some aural tests.

Drama – a monologue, from those provided below. Students will be directed to deliver the monologue in alternative ways.

Dance – a short solo dance in any style. Students may be asked to learn and perform a short choreographic sequence or to improvise.

If you have any questions regarding audition requirements, please contact our Director of Music and Performance, Aaron Powell, on 6211 4967 or by email, aaron.powell@collegiate.tas.edu.au. Alternatively, please phone our Performing Arts Centre Administrative Assistant, Andrew Morrisby, on 6211 4948.

More information

SPA Handout 2018

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