We offer a vast range of cultural activities. These include:
King’s competes in the Auckland Schools Debating competition. Auditions are held early in Term One for positions in the five grades; Junior Open, Premier Junior, Senior Open, Advanced Open and Premier Advanced. This competition runs in the evenings, fortnightly for Terms One to Three. Practices are held during Friday lunchtimes and other times by arrangement with your coach.
Each year King’s puts on a high quality drama with actors from Years 11, 12 and 13. Roles are gained through audition and a limited number of places are available. The drama takes place at the end of Term Two. Auditions are held at the end of Term One. Rehearsals are held Mondays and Fridays after school as well as Sundays for the duration of Term Two.
For students in Years 9, 10 and 11. Roles are gained through audition. The Junior drama takes place at the end of Term Three and allows young acting talent to emerge. Auditions are held at the end of Term Two. Rehearsals are held Mondays and Fridays after school as well as Sundays for the duration of Term Three.
With three productions held each year, as well as two House music events, one held at Vector Arena, there are many exciting and very important roles to be fulfilled behind the curtain. Roles include stage manager, backstage crew, lighting operator, sound operator and more. You need to be available Friday lunchtimes for training, set painting etc and have full commitment in the weeks leading up to productions.
No production would be complete without authentic costuming. Help source, create and manage the costumes involved in all the three major productions. You need to be available for all dress rehearsals and show nights, as well as some fittings prior to the production run.
The make-up crew look after all the make-up requirements of the three major productions, you need to be available for all dress
and technical rehearsals, as well as for the production run. Training is often offered.
Speech and Drama
Did you know students can leave King’s with a formal qualification by Year 13?
The Associate of Trinity College London diploma (ATCL) is within reach for committed students of either Communication or Speech & Drama. To achieve such a qualification, students learn a wide range of communication and presentation skills; an enormous asset in this competitive world.
All year levels receive tuition from qualified teachers, singly or in small groups. Students will learn:
- Clarity and energy in communication
- Confidence in interpersonal exchanges
- Oral presentation skills, combined with target audience analysis
- Effective listening ability
- All drama techniques including characterisation, improvisation and text exploration.
Students are given the choice of entering Trinity Guildhall London or New Zealand Speech Board examinations, or just benefitting from extended exposure to these important life skills.
Enrolments are now open for 2023, click here for more details: SPEECH AND DRAMA 2023
Each year the Glee Club performs a musical at the end of Term One. Roles are gained through auditions at the start of the year. Rehearsals are after school until 6pm twice a week (Mondays and Fridays) and Sundays are also used. Our productions recently have included Chicago, Blood Brothers and Grease. Depending on the production, a small Glee band is also formed by invitation. Glee club rehearsals clash with 10FEB and 10MAR camps, Kapa Haka and Maadi Cup.
For a complete list of King's College Glee Club productions since it's first Glee performance in 1937 click here
The Kapa Haka group competes in Division One at Polyfest and at important occasions throughout the year. Kapahaka is boys only and trains during Term One. It is a full on commitment with practices nearly every lunch time and after school, as well as Sundays. You can’t be in both Glee Club and Kapa Haka as rehearsals clash.
King’s enters the RAW division every odd year e.g, 2013, 2015, 2017 etc. Students take charge of all aspects of the production from the theme, choreography, music, lighting to costumes. The competition takes place at the end of Term Two. Students wishing to sign up for Glee Club as well need to be aware of possible rehearsal clashes.
This is the club for you if you enjoy writing. As well as regular meetings and visits from writers, this club puts out a regular publication called The Echo. They meet every Thursday after school.