Through drama we want to develop confidence, spontaneity and the ability to connect with an audience through a variety of performance opportunities in productions, English classes, role play, assemblies and fusion.
Through these classes and events, students have the opportunity to learn skills in public speaking and articulation, intonation, improvisation and how to communicate physically rather than just verbally. Students are also encouraged to collaborate on ideas, listen and respond to each other, learn poise, gain awareness of their physical expressions, explore emotions and expression through physical movement and commit to excellence through rehearsing and hard work. Drama also has the important effect of pulling together different age groups of students which builds good relationships between older and younger students.
In 2016 Chengelo took its school production Toliwe to the Play House in Lusaka. Written by our own talented staff, it told the important story of difficulties for the girl child in Zambia. Our students showed once again their talent for empathizing and engaging with challenging issues producing a drama that challenged the audience to respond. Our students demonstrated the ability to effectively communicate not just with the audiences minds, but with their hearts.
In late 2017 the school completed a state-of-the-art purpose-built performance space with modern lighting and sound equipment allowing the staging of professional-level theatrical productions and encouraging the development of stage craft and production skills. As part of the school's 30th Anniversary celebrations in September 2018, students staged the production iChengelo! The Musical. The production, written & directed by Rachel Beaumont & Elton Nyirenda took the audience on a journey through the history of the school and was a resounding success!