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Baradene College Performing Arts -
Education outside the classroom

The Performing Arts Faculty offers several opportunities for students to express themselves and to improve their skills in the Performing Arts.  Besides regular classes, we also offer activities outside of the classroom in Dance, Drama, and Music.


Baradene College enters Stage Challenge every second year.  2015 is one of these years.

Auditions are held for participants. Stage Challenge is run by senior students under the guidance of Head of Performing Arts, Verity Davidson.  Auditions are held in Term 1. Rehearsals are during the week and on Sundays, with the frequency increasing closer to performance time. Stage Challenge is usually held in the last weeks of June at Aotea Theatre in the city.

There is a cost for participation and costume. This varies from year to year and is around $80.

Parent support and help is welcomed.
Contact: Verity Davidson vdavidson@baradene.school.nz  524 6019 ext 673


SPEECH AND DRAMA CLASSES will be offered after school on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons - starting at 3.35pm. Numbers are limited. 

The classes are designed to be fun and positive experiences whilst covering a range of speaking and dramatic skills - including public speaking, debating, poetry and prose speaking, prepared and sight reading, bible reading, vocal expressiveness, mime, improvisation and scripted drama. Classes run from March to November. 

Students gain in confidence in expressing and presenting themselves well, develop vocal expressiveness and clarity of voice, integrity and respect, memory training, teamwork, co-operation, perseverance, diligence, tolerance and judgement. 

Students can work in groups, as pairs or as individuals. Costs start at $220 a term.

For further details see www.svds.ac.nz  (contact details, enrolment, references, teacher bio and course costs)

Teacher: Glenda Pearce  (M.Ed, LTCL, BA, ATCL, Dip.TESOL, Dip.Tchg, SCA Accredited Adjudicator and registered teacher) 

Contact:  gorgeous_glenda@hotmail.com or www.svds.ac.nz


Every year auditions are held in the first term for the One Act Play Festival.  This is a festival of performances of short plays that happens in week 4 of Term 2. The Year 13 Drama students direct and produce the plays, under the guidance of Head of Drama, Verity Davidson. Auditions are open to all students.   Rehearsals are during lunchtimes and after school. There is a requirement to attend at least one weekend rehearsal and some evening rehearsals closer to performance. The performances are in the evening in Jubilee 1 and open to the public.

Contact: Verity Davidson vdavidson@baradene.school.nz  524 6019 ext 673



Baradene College launches a whole school production every second year. Auditions are open to all members of the school. The production may be a musical or a drama and generally has a large cast and crew. 

Contact: Verity Davidson vdavidson@baradene.school.nz  524 6019 ext 673



Experience the joy and freedom of improvising; play oodles of drama games, take part in friendly ‘in-club’ competitions, laugh ‘til it hurts! Get involved in a club that has THE-MOST-FUN and sharpen your performance skills at the same time.

Theatresports is an improvised theatre entertainment, played as a spectator sport. Teams of players invent scenes from suggestions from the audience. They play out their scenes in different structures called games. The games are judged and scored by a panel of judges. Teams challenge each other to spontaneously tell a better story by using more skill, wit and unique invention and generally attempt to be more entertaining than the other.’

Theatresports at Baradene is definitely an opportunity not to be missed!

Open to any year group.

Costs: no cost
Times & Venue: TBA
ommitment:  Regular attendance. Competition/ tournaments will be held at the end of each term. This may require extra rehearsals and attendance will be crucial.
Teacher:  Jane Donald – BPA Acting, Te Kura Toi Whakaari O Aotearoa (NZ Drama School), Grad Dip Teaching (VIC).  Nine years’ professional experience in Theatre and Screen.
Contact: Jane Donald: jdonald@baradene.school.nz

Watch the notices closely for the call for our first meeting in the first couple of weeks of school


The Drama and English Departments work with interested students to prepare scenes from Shakespeare for performance and to enter the University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival Competition in April.

Regular rehearsals are held in the first term. The Central Auckland heats for the competition are held at Western Springs College in April or early May.

Commitment: regular attendance at rehearsals. Parents are expected to support students and ensure transport to the competition venue.
Cost: contribution to cost of costume and props (no more than $30)
Contact: Verity Davidson vdavidson@baradene.school.nz  524 6019 ext 673


There are numerous music opportunities within the school.  For more information please see the Music Department pages on the website.