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2017 Senior Gecko Ensemble – Themes Archive

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This is an archive post of our 2017 Senior Gecko Ensemble themes. If you’re looking for what’s coming up in Term Four or to enrol in a Senior Gecko Ensemble click or tap here.

Term 1: The Tourist

I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
-Douglas Adams

In Term 1, the Senior Geckos will be exploring the theme of The Tourist, based on UNESCO’s year of Sustainable Tourism For Development. Classes will use this as a point of departure to explore fundamental acting skills, based on the big ideas and challenges in the world around them.

Term 1 will also explore the question: What makes a great actor? The best actors seem effortlessly watchable, as if they were born to it. But talent is so much more than natural charisma. It can be learned. The great acting teacher Stella Adler says “your talent lies in your choices”. This term Senior Geckos will explore acting from the ground up, learning how to be truly present as an actor and create thrilling and unique performances.

Term 1 is a process term. This means classes are focused on introducing young people to the fundamental elements of performance through a powerful and relevant theme, and not on rehearsing for a performance outcome.

RELATED STORY: The Tourists – Matt Edgerton

Term 2:  A Focus on Performance – Shakepeare

This term Barking Gecko Ensembles are all about Shakespeare!

Whether diving into Shakespeare’s best loved stories, creating big bold characters, or brushing up a monologue for an audition, there will be something in this term for everyone. The Senior Geckos will be exploring the skills an actor needs to tackle the greatest texts ever written and bring them to life in their own unique interpretations.

This is a performance-focussed term, so the term’s work will culminate in a short showing to family and friends.

Term 3: Supernatural Stories

Term three at Barking Gecko is all about the spirit world. Barking Gecko is developing a play about ghosts, so everything this term is focussed on the spirit world.

Term three is a process term: This means we are focussed on introducing young people to the fundamental elements of acting through a powerful and relevant theme, and not on rehearsing for a performance outcome.

Over a period of nine sessions, young people in the Senior Gecko Ensembles will explore the theme of Ghosts, Spirits and the Supernatural, in a fun environment where their ideas are valued. This will culminate in a short showing of work in process (not a fully rehearsed performance) to share what they have been working on. By the end of the term participants will have developed their ability to improvise and will have an increased confidence and range in their imaginative, vocal and physical expression.

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