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St Augustine's College

An education in the marist tradition

Performing Arts - Drama

St Augustine's College offers students the opportunity to be involved in different kinds of theatre productions. With different genres of theatre covered there is something for everyone: acting, directing, script writing and back stage technical theatre experiences. Drama is offered as a subject depending on year level and a co-curricular activity for all students.


Saints combines with St Monica’s College to present a triennial theatre production. These have historically been produced and presented at McLaughlin Theatre and more recently Cairns Performing Arts Centre. Productions have included Lord of the Flies and Boy Overboard. Students work with a small ensemble to create a production by collaborating, creative problem solving and technological know-how. There are many opportunities for those who don’t wish to take to the stage but still be involved, such as with the technical crew who are responsible for costume design, set building and painting, lighting and sound as well as stage management. Theatre productions are available to all students.


Saints Youth Theatre is an annual event occuring in semester two, outside of school hours. In combination with St Monica’s College, students write, direct, produce and act in their own short play and present it in McLaughlin Theatre. There are many opportunities outside of acting and all students are invited to participate.


Every three years, the College produces a musical in conjunction with St Monica’s College. The College has performed in Lennon Hall, Cairns Civic Theatre and more recently in CPAC, allowing students to experience what it’s like to stage a production at a professional venue. We have done such musicals as Jesus Christ Superstar, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Addams Family and most recently Fiddler on the Roof.  For students who don’t wish to take to the stage there are many opportunities in costume design, set building and painting, lighting, sound and back-stage management. The production is open to all students to be involved.