Students get involved backstage

THEATRICAL: Timaru Boys' High School students Simon Duffy and Benjamin Mason, front, work on a model of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre during drama technologies class.
THEATRICAL: Timaru Boys' High School students Simon Duffy and Benjamin Mason, front, work on a model of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre during drama technologies class.

Timaru Boys' High School students are learning a different side to theatre, without the singing, dancing and funny costumes.

The school has introduced a drama technologies course where the students learn aspects of theatre, and film, like makeup, set building, lighting, costume design. It is the first of its kind in South Canterbury.

Head of performing arts Chris Cheesman said the course, introduced three years ago, was growing and now had 22 enrolled.

She said it was a popular class with boys who may want to be involved in theatre but are not so keen to take the stage.

"They're boys. They like to build things and play with things. Five years ago when I arrived there was no senior drama and we now have a fulltime senior class in drama and $700,000 to be spent rebuilding."

The class works with community groups like the South Canterbury Drama League on lighting and sets.

The school is completely renovating its drama department, turning one room into a theatre space and another into a technical room, which will act like a backstage area.

A film and sound studio will also be built.

This week students were building a model of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

The Timaru Herald