Performing Arts | Melbourne Grammar School

Performing Arts

With a rich array of music and drama opportunities, students are able to express themselves creatively and with passion.

At Wadhurst students are encouraged to explore and expand their interest in music and drama with multiple opportunities for performance, including ensembles, bands and the annual Wadhurst Play.

A focus on practical training and academic musical study has seen Melbourne Grammar develop a fine tradition of choral and instrumental performance. In addition to classroom lessons, boys can take private tuition from a highly qualified and experienced team of professional musicians providing lessons in piano, strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, acoustic/electric guitar and bass guitar.

All boys are encouraged to join an ensemble. Regular rehearsing and performing groups include choir, chamber choir, orchestra, string orchestra, string quartet, concert band and jazz ensemble. All groups are given the opportunity to perform in public on many occasions.

Each year students have the opportunity to audition for the Wadhurst play, which is a highlight of the year.

All students take music as part of the curriculum, and also have the opportunity for private instrumental tuition, including music theory.

Instruments

  • Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
  • Woodwind: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone
  • Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, French Horn
  • Percussion: Timpani, Xylophone, Kit Drums
  • Piano, organ
  • Voice
  • Guitar, Bass Guitar

Music groups

  • Wadhurst Choir
  • Chapel Choir
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • String Orchestra
  • Wadhurst Orchestra

Regular concerts are given by the above groups both in and outside the school. Wadhurst boys who show particular proficiency with their instruments may be invited to join the Melbourne Grammar School Symphony Orchestra.

As part of the Melbourne Grammar School curriculum, students take part in a Drama programme that promotes creativity and self-expression. All Wadhurst students have the opportunity to audition and be involved in the annual Wadhurst Play which is held in Term 4. Boys are invited to audition during the last three weeks of Term 1, with both year levels encouraged to participate. Students can be involved as actors, performers or backstage crew, with rehearsals taking place at lunchtime and after school. This is an inclusive production and those who audition for acting roles are included within the plays, with the script adapted to include casts from 50-100 students. The backstage crew are also trained to undertake lighting, sound and stage management.

This inclusive philosophy has been undertaken since the inception of Drama at Wadhurst, over twenty years ago and productions have ranged from classical to original works, with a focus on student learning and enjoyment. Boys perform all roles, creating comedy for both performer and audience. Classical plays have included Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights, The Insect Play, A Christmas Carol, a film ‘Alix in Wadhurstland,’ Plautus' The Braggart Soldier, Moliere’s A School for Husbands and The Canterbury Tales.

Another exciting performance opportunity exists in 'The Year 8 Project.’ In its fifth year, this is a performance project which challenges and enriches those involved and gives students the chance to extend their expressive and performance skills. Performed in the Senior School, this production involves Year 8 students only and takes place early in Term 2, with participation via audition. Students will be required for after-hours and weekend rehearsals. Past projects have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations and Loves Magic

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