The home of Drama at TAS is the Hoskins Centre, a purpose-built teaching facility that incorporates a 240-seat theatre. More broadly, each year the school stages several major productions at the Hoskins Centre as well as a number of in-house concerts and showcases. The productions are open to all students, regardless of whether they study Drama, and give them the rich, unique and thrilling opportunity to explore and excel on the stage, in the music pit, or as part of the production crew. In recent years the diverse range of major school productions have included Bye Bye Birdie, Once Upon a Mattress, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Grease, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.
The Hoskins Centre is also Armidale’s main theatre space and plays host to a number of community companies and professional touring productions and performances. This year there will be multiple shows from the Armidale Dramatic and Musical Society (ADMS), Veracity Theatre Company and Felt Tip Theatre Company as well as the monthly lecture series for the Armidale Fine Arts Society. Touring productions often come to do workshops or masterclasses as part of their visit to the centre and students are able to access a very diverse range of experiences in the Arts.
TAS Production 2017 – The Government Inspector
This year’s main school production is a wacky version of Nikolai Gogol’s satirical play The Government Inspector with performances held 23 – 25 March. The cast commenced 2017 with an annual Production Camp, giving the cast several days to work intensively on the show before the busyness of the term takes hold. Tickets are now on sale through the Hoskins Centre website and you can find more information here. (link to http://wordpress.as.edu.au/hoskins/)
In 2016 TAS participated in the revived NSW Shakespeare Carnival, with both student groups being invited to Sydney to perform at the Seymour Centre as part of the Finals showcase. This year we will be hosting our own school Shakespeare Carnival in Term 2 with student groups vying to represent the school in the Regional Carnival (and hopefully onwards towards the Finals once more). With a range of Drama performance categories, a Dance/Movement category, a Music composition category and a Design category it is an opportunity for students across the Arts to challenge themselves and participate in a statewide celebration of the Arts and Shakespeare.
Each year our Middle School stages their own production with past shows including Fantastic Mr Fox, The Lost Property Rules and the spooky, macabre Shuddersome: Tales of Poe last year. The production involves Middle School students both on the stage and working behind the scenes in stage management and lighting and sound operation. This year Leasa Cleaver is taking on the director’s chair and the announcement of the show will be made in the first few weeks of school.
Junior School Musical Term 4 2017
Over the last two years our Junior School Musical has become a calendar highlight with the entire Junior School involved in creating an incredible spectacle. Beginning in 2015 with Disney’s Peter Pan, we followed up the wonders of Neverland with Disney’s The Lion King in a show that looked amazing and displayed the tremendous talent of our young performers. Expect an announcement of this year’s production in the middle of the year.
Junior School Drama Club
A Junior School Drama Group which runs for Years 3-5 and Years K-2 after school time with Ms Leasa Cleaver. This is a great option for Junior School students to get a feel for drama lessons and work in a non-threatening group situation. Click here to find out more about the Junior Drama Club.
For Senior School students interested in producing short films there will be a club that meets weekly in the Hoskins Centre. The aim of the club is to select a short film competition for students to work towards over the course of the year while developing skills in scriptwriting, cinematography, location scouting, camera operation, sound and lighting, editing and post-production work. Interested students should contact Mr O’Connell for more information.