Each Thursday afternoon a group of like minded students gather together to share their love of drama and creativity. The Captivate After School Ensemble is open to all CEDP students in Years 7-12 at no charge and runs year round during term time. The venue for the Ensemble changes on a yearly basis and currently they are meeting at Parramatta Marist.

Lucinda Armour, Captivate - Drama Practitioner, says the Ensemble is for students from secondary school who are interested in developing their drama skills. “Our work in the Ensemble focuses on communication, improvisation, creativity, play building, voice, movement and dramatic collaboration”.

Catherine McAuley currently has over 50 students involved with a large number of them students in Years 7 and 8 who have joined this year for the first time. Others such as Year 11 student Kirsty have been involved with Captivate since primary school. Kirsty has performed in the 2019 Riverside Theatre production of ‘Forgotten’ and has had the opportunity to travel regionally and interstate with the program.  “I find the Captivate Drama Ensemble a great way to express myself creatively and it is such a safe and welcoming environment to do it in'', she says. “It is also nice to meet students from other schools as they often have a different perspective”.

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Philippa, Year 9, joined the Ensemble when she was in Year 7, “I enjoy being able to express myself as different characters and I particularly like improvisation as that is really fun”. 

Both Isabella and Aneisa, Year 10, participate as a way to develop new skills and a way to make new friends. “It is something I do for fun but I also like to develop as an actor”, says Isabella.

Madeline and Sarah, Year 8 students, joined Captivate for the first time this year and enjoy the fun games as well as finding new ways to express themselves. “It makes us more passionate about drama”, says Sarah. “At Captivate you can express yourself in ways you have never done before”. Madeline adds, “It really makes you step outside of your comfort zone”.

At this stage the Captivate After School Drama Ensemble is not taking any further students as they are running at capacity.  For further information or to register a student’s name for 2022 telephone


Written By

Jacqui Hamilton | School Development Officer

Jacqui Hamilton | School Development Officer
Catherine McAuley Westmead

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