Boys at Toowoomba Grammar can extend their experience and love of performance by becoming involved in the Toowoomba Grammar School drama program. Boys study drama in Years 7 and 8 as part of a set curriculum and boys in Years 9 – 12 can study drama as an elective subject.
In addition to the curriculum opportunities, boys also have the opportunity to audition for the School Musical which is held every two years. The Musical is a major production that the School co-produces with Fairholme College, a Toowoomba independent all girls’ school and includes both dramatic and musical opportunities. The 2015 production of Titanic included 94 actors and 30 musicians. The professional nature of the production team from both Toowoomba Grammar School and Fairholme College ensures that the students have access to all of the latest directorial, artistic and industrial stage designs. Musicals staged in previous years have included South Pacific, The Music Man, Jesus Christ Superstar and Oklahoma.Toowoomba Grammar School also boasts an acting academy known as TiGAA. TiGAA is an auditioned performance troupe that encourages boys in Year 7 through to Year 12 to increase their skill through weekly actor training and regular performance opportunities. TiGAA is divided into two ensembles – Junior TiGAA for boys in Years 7 to 9, and Senior TiGAA for students in Years 10 to 12. In addition to Grammar students in Senior TiGAA, girls are also auditioned, so the final group includes a small number of female actors from schools throughout Toowoomba.
During term, the TiGAA ensembles meet weekly and are involved in numerous performances annually. TiGAA students perform at both the Welcome and Take Note concerts at Toowoomba Grammar School, as well as the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. Senior TiGAA ensemble members organise and perform in the very popular annual Read My Lips, a lip-synching competition, Prefect Assemblies and present an end-of-year performance at the Empire Theatre in October. TiGAA students who are keen to audition for University entry into acting courses are assisted with audition preparation towards the end of the year.TiGAA students are given opportunities to work with visiting arts professionals in stage combat and physical theatre disciplines, undergo vocal dialect coaching when learning accent work and work with choreographers in developing movement routines.