Dubbo College Senior Campus dramatic and performing arts head teacher Lauren Ward with Dale Johnson and his revolving set.Photo contributedWITH aspirations to train in New York and become a film and theatre actor and director, 17-year-old Dale Johnson is used to putting in a big effort at school.
The Dubbo College Senior Campus student has created a theatre set as part of his year 11 final drama assessment, with the piece to take its place among the school’s instructional teaching tools used to inspire future generations.
“My assessment task was to design a set suitable for the David Williamson play Let the Sun Shine so that’s what I did – but I went one step further and actually constructed the set in a scaled-down model,” Dale said
“The play mostly moves from a lounge room in one house to a lounge room in another house so I created a pivot on a lazy susan to turn from one room to the other.
“The two sets are back-to-back with space between where other sets can be constructed at the sides.”
Dramatic and performing arts head teacher Lauren Ward said the effort was outstanding.
“Dale’s effort went above and beyond all expectations,” she said.
“The attention to detail is excellent and it is a flexible set that meets the spatial requirements of the play.”
“It is a lovely naturalistic design that has a strong conception with the play itself.
“Students were asked to design a set but Dale has constructed the set in its entirety and it’s so good that we will now use it as a teaching tool in the drama department.”
Dale’s love of drama began when he was a child but he said he was further inspired when he started watching the television show Glee.
“When I was young I used to put on little performances for my family and my grandma has always said I was at my happiest when I was performing,” he said.
“The stories you can tell in the theatre or on film or television can be very powerful and inspire lots of people and I really want to be a part of that.
“It will be a hard road to New York but I intend to get there.
“I want to train at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts and that costs $30,000 a year for five years.”
Dale’s initial plan is to pursue his other love when he finishes school next year.
He hopes to enter the hospitality industry and ultimately open his own restaurant, all to start saving the money towards his New York dream.
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