Collective creative experience for students

Talented drama students from public schools across southern NSW were put through their paces at the annual Riverina Region Drama Camp held at Borambola Recreational Park east of Wagga Wagga last week.

The budding thespians participated in workshops and tutorials aimed at improving their skills and developing their craft.

The five days of preparation culminated in a concert held in the Wagga High School auditorium on Saturday night.

Running the tutorials at the camp were industry experts as well as six experienced drama teachers.

Coordinator Liz Kidd was pleased with this year’s attendance at the camp.

“It is a good opportunity for a collective, creative experience for the students,” she said.

“They have a chance to work with other teachers as well as industry professionals.

“It really helps give them more insight and a better depth of knowledge.”

The annual camp is open to students from years eight to 11 and almost half of the students that attended this year also attended in previous years.

The drama camp has been running since the early 1980s and many original campers come back to assist as tutors.

Over the five-day camp, the students were led through a series of workshops and activities including play-building, improvisation, theatre sports, stage fighting, musical theatre, scripted scenes, Shakespeare, voice, monologues, commedia del arte, characterisation, mime and design.

Activities conducted at the camp serve as a taste of what students should expect from drama at a HSC level and help to

prepare them for the

necessary level of

performance.

The camp attracted students from 15 different high schools including Albury, Batlow, Culcairn, Corowa, Hay, Hillston, Wagga Wagga Murrumburrah, Temora, Tumut, West Wyalong and Young.

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