Performing Arts

Performing Arts

There are many co-curricular opportunities at Nelson College for those students interested in the performing arts. These include: Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, Laugh Nelson, Show-quest, Theatre Sports Competition and Vast Dance. Dance is available in 2023 at year 12 and 13. In this course we engage tutors for Hip Hop and explore the genre of Musical Theatre and cultural dance forms from South Africa. 


Drama may be selected as an option from Year 9 through to Year 13. Students learn the skills to perform on stage and the practical skills of public speaking and performing in small groups. Senior Drama classes produce full class productions every year as well as studying different theatre form such as Greek theatre, Elizabethan theatre, Physical theatre, Verbatim, Theatre of War, Mask and New Zealand and Pacifica theatre . As a university approved subject, choosing Drama is a practical way of gaining Achievements Standards and Literacy. 


Music can be chosen as an option at all levels, Year 9 through to Year 13.  Study will include performance as a soloist and in a group, writing music, concentrated listening, reading musical symbols and studying classical, jazz and rock music written by a variety of composers.

Co-curricular music is thriving and includes jazz band, concert band, brass ensemble, choir, string group, and drumming group.  All students are welcome to be a part of music within the College.