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Hillcrest Christian College Performing Arts is a dynamic department of staff and students, who love what they do. Students at Hillcrest have the opportunity to participate in an exciting variety of curriculum programs and co-curricular activities relating to the Performing Arts areas of Music, Drama, Film and Television and Dance.
The Performing Arts facilities at Hillcrest Christian College are state-of-the-art consisting of a 260 seat performance theatre with professional sound and lighting, two dance studios equipped with barres and sprung floors, music classrooms with the latest in music teaching technology, a drama blackbox theatre, a film and television room with editing suite, and multiple music practice studios.
The Performing Arts program features the Choral Excellence Program, along with numerous band ensembles and orchestras, drama clubs and competition dance teams.
Hillcrest’s renowned Choral Program is of international quality featuring 13 choirs, and specialist vocal staff. Recent tours have been to international festivals in South Korea and Hobart.
Our Instrumental Program has over 320 musicians from Prep to Year 12. The fully inclusive Year 4, 5 and 6 band and strings programs run as part of the curriculum.
Annual College musicals are a highlight of our school calendar with recent productions including Seussical (2016), Jesus Christ Superstar (2015), Wonderland (2014), Fiddler on the Roof (2013) and Les Miserables (2012).
Hillcrest’s Dance Academy is run in partnership with the Currumbin Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) and offers classes in all forms of dance from Kindy to Year 12. Over 250 students are enrolled in this program.
Participation in Performing Arts experiences can provide a number of benefits to the individual. As well as being an incredibly enriching experience, recent educational studies have emphasised the benefits that involvement in the Performing Arts can have in facilitating proficiency and achievement in mathematics, reading and cognitive development, and verbal scores and skills for second-language development. All Performing Arts areas improve a student’s ability to collaborate and to apply higher-order thinking skills.
Personalised tuition in Music or Speech & Drama can assist in the development of confidence and self-esteem, in addition to the development of specific skills and techniques pertaining to the Performing Art studied. Students also develop a unique way of understanding the world, and at the same time, learn valuable means of self-expression and communication.
By becoming involved in a co-curricular ensemble activity, students develop the self-discipline, responsibility and commitment that come with working as part of a team. Of course, one of the most significant reasons for becoming involved in a Performing Arts program is for the immense personal enjoyment that such an involvement can provide to the individual, the community, and as an act of worship to God.