Drama and theatre form a dynamic, stimulating and rewarding Upper School program that prepares boys to be participants, creators and critics of theatre. Movement, trust and improvisation exercises, acting theory, theatrical design, theatre history and approaches to and interpretations of scripts create a strong base.
Thespian arts run deep at UCC. The school has enjoyed a long history of successful theatre productions for a number of reasons:
- UCC still stages classical plays while a lot of schools have moved away from this art form.
- The extra-curricular theatre program at UCC is fully co-curricular, run in partnership with girls’ school The Bishop Strachan School from Year 6-12.
- Students don’t just act or work behind the scenes of a show. They even get the opportunity to direct the shows There are opportunities for students as: actors; set, stage, costume, lighting and sound designers; stage managers; and other roles.
UCC’s Upper School theatre performance venues are the David Chu Theatre and a lecture theatre for smaller productions. At the Prep, most theatre performances are in Weston Hall. An extensive collection of costumes and props helps inspire students, who also have opportunities to work with theatre professionals.