DRAMA

Drama

“Drama is dancing on the stage of your imagination”

Ms Lisa Ryan (HOD)

Members of the Department:

Ms Lisa Ryan
Mrs Karen McCann
Mrs Deborah O’Kane
Mrs Claire Ferguson

Introduction

The Drama Department envisions a world transformed through the power of Art and Theatre. We strive to make this vision a reality by equipping our students with thinking skills and personal capabilities. Our programme of study for Key Stage 3 enables students to gain an insight into an ever-evolving industry by providing the opportunity to study both the performance and production elements of the subject. Students will use voice, movement, gesture and facial expression in a creative and confident way to encourage self-expression and self-confidence. Through the methods of improvisation, acting, mime, set design and script writing, students will develop their ability to communicate, empathise, collaborate and use their imagination.

Aims of the Drama Department:

Drama aims to encourage students to:

  • Develop a personal interest in Drama and be motivated and inspired by studying a broad, coherent and rewarding course of study.
  • Actively engage in the process of dramatic study so you develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with an enquiring mind.
  • To encourage and improve self-expression.
  • To develop fluency of speech, self-knowledge, self-respect, self-confidence, self-discipline and self-control.
  • Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas.
  • Reflect on and evaluate your own work and the work of others.
  • Develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills.
  • Develop as active citizens for their future, in employment and society, as well as for the possible further study of Drama.
  • Consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities.

KS3 Drama Club

Open to all budding performers from KS3, Drama club offers our students the opportunity to explore a variety of performance styles and genres, ranging from Commedia dell’arte to Musical Theatre. Students will develop their performance, communication and teamwork skills in a fun and safe environment.

Musical Theatre Group-

This pupil-led initiative brings Musical lovers together to rehearse, devise and perform their favourite ensemble pieces from a range of Musical Theatre productions. Pupils meet weekly at lunch to share their ideas and performances.

Drama Trips

As part of our Drama studies, we encourage the students to support local artists, theatre companies and the work of the OLC.

In supporting our community we deepen our bonds, share experiences and learn from each other. Thank you to all who have shared their expertise so far. We look forward to welcoming you to our school in the near future.

MUSICAL SUCCESS

Loreto Grammar School proudly presented Sister Act in October 2022.
This was our first production, post-pandemic. Sister Act was the perfect choice for us. This musical comedy is packed full of energizing and soulful music, which is exactly what is needed, following the past two years. This uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and features original music by eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Little Shop of Horrors).

Sister Act is a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship. Our wonderful cast featured students from Loreto Grammar School, Christian Brothers Grammar School and Omagh Academy and certainly genuine friendships blossomed throughout our rehearsals. The entire cast were a pleasure to work with and their dedication, enthusiasm, work ethic, joy and passion was truly remarkable to behold.

Read the fantastic reviews which appeared in the local press following this performance!

Ulster Herald 13102022 6,479 A50

Ulster Herald 29092022 6,477 A33(1)

SISTER ACT GALLERY

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GCSE DRAMA

Pupils follow the CCEA GCSE Drama specification. Throughout their studies we motivate and inspire students to build and showcase their competence in a range of creative, practical and performance skills.

Students have the opportunity to select a pathway- performance or design. Students work collaboratively and creatively as they generate ideas, devise their own performances and explore the social, historical and cultural influence on both set drama texts and activities.

By studying both theoretical and practical elements, students develop their critical thinking skills, confidence, communication and are become independent learners.

GCSE Drama Course Overview- Please see attached.

CCEA GCSE Drama Overview

GCSE Drama Overview

As an essential part of the course, pupils will visit Theatres to watch a variety of productions. This will help them develop their own skills and to prepare for Component 3 where they will apply performance/design elements from a production they have seen to their set text.

Our GCSE Drama class had a wonderful time at ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ production by Bardic Theatre, Donaghmore.

Careers

Actor/Actress, Stage Manager, Arts Administrator, Drama Teacher, Drama Therapist, Script Writer, Television production, Social worker, Journalism, Radio presenter, Blogger, Vlogger, Costume designer, Public Relations Manager, Marketing, Director, Film Producer.

Expression of Interest to join Post 16 at Loreto in September 2024 (For external students):

https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=-yeCOETeDkaBkAVAK4mNqCzVutLeMzJOgsc2mGJUi31URTNURUozWkw1WUpFUFdBSDNTQ1BZOUkwNi4u