School of Performing Arts

The School of Performing Arts (SPA) provides an exciting and innovative ‘school within a school’ for Years 7 to 12 students who have outstanding talent 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 10 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.

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 and intensive skill development across dance, drama and singing.

1 x double lesson per week for 1 semester
• specialist training in dance, drama and singing
• masterclasses with visiting and local industry professionals
• opportunity to attend appropriate performances
• present a showcase concert at the end of Semester 1.

YEARS 8 TO 10

SPA - advanced performance skills

Students in Years 8 to 10 who are accepted into the SPA Advanced Performance course 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 range of performing arts schools, conservatoriums and tertiary level courses. It includes solo performance work, ensemble work, masterclasses and rehearsals for special events.

1 x double lesson and 1 x single lesson for the year, three lessons per week in total
• specialist training in dance, drama, singing or instrumental
• masterclasses with visiting and local industry professionals
• opportunity to attend appropriate performances
• perform at SPA concert and performance evenings
• perform in the Senior School musical in 2020.

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

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