This course will provide students with basic acting skills in areas of voice, movement, stage combat, and improvisation in a positive, creative atmosphere aimed at improving students’ confidence and group skills. Students learn the conventions of theatre while performing for each other in class, and build a class performance.
Dedicated actors will thrive in this specialized course designed to build truly strong foundational acting skills. Drama 10 students create several productions, focusing on the details of performance skills and strategies. Students are introduced to a variety of acting techniques and are encouraged to create their own unique acting process, preparing them to handle major roles in the future.
Theatre Performance 11: Acting (FA)
Acting 11 is a performance based course designed to allow actors to develop autonomy in their acting process through performance. These actors will be continually engaged in rehearsal or performance of a variety of shows, for a variety of audiences. Significant emphasis will be placed on the student’s level of commitment in the class productions.
Theatre Performance 12: Acting (FA)
Students continue developing stronger acting skills, and study theatrical styles such as clown, Commedia, Shakespeare, Theatre of the Absurd, and learn audition techniques. Significant emphasis will be placed on performances throughout the semester. Recommendation: Theatre Performance 11.
Musical Theatre 11 (B/AA)
Take part in a major musical production! Students in the musical theatre class will be cast in a large scale musical performed for student and public audiences. Students don’t have to be experts in singing, dancing and acting; instruction is provided. No experience necessary: hard work and commitment are all it takes. Classes run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4–6 p.m. and on performance evenings.
Musical Theatre 12 (B/AA)
Students who have performed in Musical Theatre 11 have the opportunity to continue building their skills and developing their craft in another major musical production. Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4–6 p.m. and on performance evenings. Recommendation: Musical Theatre 11.
Theatre Performance: Directing and Script Development 12 (FA)
Designed for highly motivated learners who have a desire to take their theatrical knowledge to the next level, this course provides students with the chance to write and direct their own one act plays. This course is an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills while exploring a whole new area of theatrical experience. Recommendation: Theatre Performance 11: Acting or teacher permission.
Theatre Production 11: Technical Theatre (FA / AS ) / Theatre Production 12: Technical Theatre (FA / AS)
These courses are designed to develop skills in backstage theatre, including set design and construction, theatre background, colour, scene painting, properties, lighting, and management. The course will involve the use of equipment, both manual and power, and will involve physical activities. Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. and performance evenings. Recommendation: Theatre Production 11 or Stagecraft 11.
Dance 9 / Dance 10 (FA) / Dance 11 (FA) / Dance 12 (FA)
These courses are designed to provide students with the opportunity to express themselves through movement and to allow students to develop critical-thinking skills through the creative process of dance. Students will work with the elements of movement: body, space, time, dynamics, and relationship. These elements will be combined to create dances and routines. Students will work towards increasing their degrees of refinement and complexity as they gain experience and maturity in the group. Students will be required to perform outside of class time at designated events and competitions. Students will develop leadership skills through the planning of costume design, productions and routines. Several different forms of dance will be explored such as hip hop, jazz, street jazz, lyrical jazz, ballet, and contemporary. Strengthening and stretching classes will also occur on a regular basis.