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Top Acts: Focus On … Theatre Studies

Teachers and students can gain invaluable understanding of the process of creating an exemplary VCE Theatre Studies performance through the Focus On… Theatre Studies short films. The films were created by Top Screen 2017 filmmakers Tom Hughes, Neha Shenvi and Shanon McKenzie, were produced as part of the 2017 VCE Season of Excellence.

Focus On… Theatre Studies explore the artistic development of three students' Top Acts 2017 performances, as well as interviews with their teachers, the VCAA Performing Arts Curriculum Manager, Helen Champion and the 2017 Top Acts Artistic Director, Dan Mitchell. The actors featured in the films are Broderick McDonald from Swinburne Senior Secondary College, Flynn Smeaton from St Michael's Grammar School, and Candice Farrugia-Roberts from Mount Lilydale Mercy College.

Transcripts for the videos will be available on Friday 28 July 2017.

Broderick McDonald
Swinburne Senior Secondary College
Horrocks from Children of the Black Skirt
By Angela Betzien

Duration: 10 minutes 40 seconds, MP4 - 32MB

Candice Farrugia-Roberts
Mount Lilydale Mercy College
Sylvia from Sylvia
By A. R. Gurney

Duration: 10 minutes 27 seconds, MP4 - 37MB

Flynn Smeaton
St Michael's Grammar School
Titania from a Midsummer Night's Dream
By William Shakespeare

Duration: 10 minutes 28 seconds, MP4 - 36.7MB

Top Acts: Focus On … Drama

Top Acts: Focus On … Drama is a series of three films that explore the development and process behind three VCE Drama students selected for Top Acts 2016 from their Top Class Drama performances. Made by Top Screen 2016 filmmaker Bridget Webster, the films include interviews with the VCAA Performing Arts Curriculum Manager, the Top Acts Artistic Director, the students and their teachers. These resources offer valuable insight for VCE Drama teachers and students preparing their performance examination.

James Crozier
VCE Drama
St Michael’s Grammar School, St Kilda
The Panto-Dame

Duration: 14 minutes 40 seconds, MP4 - 84.3 MB

Connor O'Neill
VCE Drama
Mazenod College, Mulgrave
The Detective

Duration: 13 minutes 12 seconds, MP4 - 72 MB

Sunny Youngsmith
VCE Drama
Melbourne Girls’ College, Richmond
Tally Youngblood

Duration: 13 minutes 8 seconds, MP4 - 56.1 MB


Top Acts: Focus On … Dance

Top Acts: Focus On … Dance is a series of three films that follow the dancers selected for Top Acts 2015. The films include tips and ideas for VCE and VCE VET Dance teachers and students, interviews with the VCAA Performing Arts Curriculum Manager, VCE Dance and VCE VET Dance Chief Assessors, as well as the student’s full performance.

This wonderful resource made by Top Screen 2015 filmmaker Anna Diacos is available as a free DVD for Victorian schools that offer these subjects. Email Student Events to request your copy (one per school): seasonofexcellence@edumail.vic.gov.au.

Louise Brooker
VCE Dance - Technique
Distance Education Centre Victoria
Technique Solo

Sarah Kassing
Eltham High School (home school) / Bev Palmer Performing Arts (provider school)
Jazz - Le Jazz Hot

Ryland Lack-Powell
VCE Dance - Composition
Beaconhills College, Pakenham
Composition Solo – Brothers in Arms

Top Acts: Focus On … Music

Top Acts: Focus On … Music looks at James Beagley’s original composition that was selected for Top Acts 2014 from his Top Class Sound performance. The film includes tips and insight for VCE Music Style and Composition teachers and students from the VCAA Performing Arts Curriculum Manager and was made by Top Screen 2014 filmmaker Riley Muscat.

James Beagley
VCE Music Style and Composition
Bendigo Senior Secondary College, Bendigo
Song for a Cat

Duration: 9 minutes 17 seconds, MP4 - 83.3 MB