Each year the College calendar is filled with a spectacular array of concerts, international performance tours, recitals, musicals and theatre performances.
The performing arts have long been an integral and vibrant part of life at St Leonard’s College. Our reputation in the community is one of excellence, with our productions acknowledged with state and national awards and many of our Old Collegians pursuing successful careers in the entertainment, music and theatre industries.
A variety of Big Bands, Concert Bands, Orchestras and Choral groups are open to all students. Other more diverse music ensembles include Gypsy Strings, Irish Group and Latin Ensemble. The College also provides more advanced ensembles including auditioned String Quartets and choirs at both Middle and Senior School.
A significant number of theatre and musical theatre productions are staged each year by the College’s own Hart Theatre Company. Students from years 5 to 12 have the opportunity to perform in musicals and plays and get involved in the behind-the-scenes aspects of production. In 2013 the College became the first school to win the Victorian Theatre Guild award for Best Junior Production two years in a row. In 2015 we were again nominated for five Victorian Theatre Guild awards, including Leading Male Role, Junior Production of the Year, Best Direction and Best Musical Direction.
One of the most valuable aspects of the cocurricular performing arts program is the tradition of student leadership. House Music Captains have the prestigious task of organising, leading and conducting their House in the annual House Music competition, which is performed at the Plenary, Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Performing Arts leaders (drama, dance, band, strings and choir) work in collaboration with staff in the management and promotion of the variety of cocurricular ensembles, concerts and productions throughout the school year.