Dance & Drama

Developing confidence and talent are at the heart of the Performing Arts program at the College. With outstanding facilities, students study Dance and Drama within the curriculum and are encouraged to pursue this field outside scheduled classes; through Drama Club or involvement in the College Production. In 2018, the student performances in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ highlighted the amazing talents of both actors and backstage crew in putting together a wonderful production. The Annual College Production is complemented by performance evenings throughout the year where girls perform to family and friends.

College Production 2019

Welcome to the 60’s!
It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion - to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When she gets put in detention with some of the diverse ethnic students in the school, they teach her some of their dance moves, and her new found groove wins her a spot on Corny’s show. Overnight, Tracy transforms from a ‘nobody’ into a star, and uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show... all without denting her 'do!

This shows brings a beautiful message of acceptance and progress. The bright, energetic story of Tracy Turnblad teaches us all to look past the colour of one’s skin and fight for every human being’s equal rights.

Our annual College production is one the most highlighted events on our College calendar. Each year we cast between 80-100 students in the production and they work to develop the high quality performance that is staged in May annually. Drawing audiences of up to 1,800, Santa Maria College has a proud history of presenting quality musical productions to the wider community. Students from Year 7 – 12 have the opportunity to audition, rehearse and present a production every year, providing all students the chance to extend on their confidence, organisational skills, creative problem solving and interpersonal development.

The Production goes beyond the acting and presentation of a musical as the Program provides multiple opportunities for all students with different interests and skillsets. Students can participate in many areas, including acting, singing, dancing, backstage roles, set construction, lighting and make-up and much more!

Our state of the art performance space – the Benedictine Centre, boasts state of the art lighting and sound resources whilst audiences enjoy the comfort of auditorium seating with guaranteed viewing.

Director Kathleen McMenamin, Music Director Daimon Brunton and Producer Judy Bagg, along with the dedicated staff at Santa Maria College are so committed to the Performing Arts that this year was a complete sell out!

We look forward to seeing you at our next Production in 2020!