This is an introductory course in drama for students who wish to explore this very creative Fine Art. Students will explore mime, voice, movement, improvisation and theatre games in a positive and affirming atmosphere aimed at improving and solidifying students’ self esteem and awareness. Students will be expected to participate in all group activities. Students will have the opportunity to utilize their skills through participation in extra-curricular and in-class performances.
(Prerequisite: Drama 9 or by audition) This course will focus on in-depth development of the skills introduced in Drama 9. The emphasis will be performance skills, group interaction, developing an understanding of the role of theatre within culture and the art of acting. As with Drama 9, this is a participatory course and there will be an opportunity for students to utilize their skills in extra-curricular production work. Students in Drama 10 will further their work in scripted scenes and will continue to explore character and play building with a performance element, improvisation, as well as units designed to heighten confidence and broaden the actor’s vocal and physical range.
Theatre Performance 11: Acting
(Prerequisite: Drama 10 or by audition) This course is designed to more formally develop the basic skills learned in Drama 9 and 10, to provide extensive experience with script analysis and scene work, and to begin to understand the concepts of style and context. As with other drama courses, a significant emphasis will be placed on the student’s level of participation within assigned class projects. Students enrolled at this level of study are encouraged to be actively involved in the extra-curricular play, one act presentations and other various productions, which will be mounted throughout the school year.
Theatre Production 11: Stagecraft
This is an introductory course in backstage theatre, including theatre background, design, set construction, colour, scene painting, properties, sound and lighting. Students will be using both manual and power tools and will be performing physical activities, such as, moving heavy flats, risers and set pieces. Appropriate clothing for construction and painting is needed. Students will be expected to be involved in the various theatre productions mounted throughout the school year.
Prerequisite: Acting 11 or permission of instructor. This course will focus on developing directing, producing and scriptwriting skills, with the goal of mounting a production, most likely a one act play. Students will be involved in the casting, direction and production of original works, possibly written by themselves or other students. Specific levels of responsibility will be given to students for these productions. Students will be expected to assume leadership roles within the various drama classes and direct a variety of in-class productions.
Theatre Performance 12: Acting
(Prerequisite: Acting 11 or by audition) This course will weave together the various elements explored in the previous three courses and provide the student with a sophisticated understanding of the acting, production development, and ensemble building processes necessary to stage a play in the theatre world. This is an in depth course and it is expected that all students enrolled will actively pursue excellence in the craft of acting. In addition, as in Acting 11, it is expected that students will actively participate in the one act play festival and/or the spring production, as well as their in-class play performances.
Theatre Production 12: Stagecraft
(Prerequisite: Theatre Production 11) This advanced course in backstage theatre will continue to build on the skills and knowledge introduced in Theatre Production 11, and will also include in-depth work on sound, lighting, costumes, and stage management. Advanced students in this course will have the opportunity to act as stage mangers and assistant producers for the various productions mounted during the school year as well as provide leadership to junior crew members during production runs.