Oakhill College puts on Shakespeare

Oakhill College’s year 12 drama students performed their senior play, Shakespeare in Hollywood, last weekend.

The comedy, by Ken Ludwig, sees the Shakespearean characters of Oberon and Puck appear in 1930’s Hollywood.

Here they become drawn into the glamour of film’s Golden Age, and ultimately star as themselves in a film adaptation of their own story, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Head of drama, teacher Diane Herron said the students were well prepared since being cast in term four of last year.

‘‘The cast started working through rehearsals at the beginning of term four consolidated their lines over the Christmas break, and this term focused on character development, comic timing, and bringing all the production elements into play to stage this hilarious comedy,’’ Mrs Herron said. 

This play is the culmination of six years’ worth of dramatic studies for the year 12 students.

The college’s drama captain Justin Rynne said studying drama at the HSC level is a fun, but challenging experience. 

‘‘Adding your own experiences learnt in plays or musicals to class work can be difficult, but all students really look forward to their drama lessons,’’ he said.

The play is a voluntary experience intended to supplement the students’ final year of drama, leading up to the HSC in September. 

Their involvement allows them to develop dramatic skills such as voice, movement, characterisation, and their ability to work collaboratively.

‘‘It’s more than just using these skills in the classroom; they also help in many other activities through the course of daily life,’’ Justin said.

The senior plays from previous years have included Rumors and The Imaginary Invalid. The play marks the opening of the college’s dramatic year, and will be followed by the  musical, Miss Saigon in June.

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