Welcome to the Drama Department.
Pinetree Secondary offers a comprehensive theatre program that ensures student actors will have the opportunity to develop high level acting skills and production expertise within a diverse range of performance styles and experiences. The Theatre Program (Treehouse Theatre) is an inclusive program, and provides opportunities for performers at all experience levels to learn and develop their skills and knowledge in a safe, creative environment.
This course will provide students with basic acting skills in areas of mime, voice, movement, stage combat, improvisation and some script work in a positive, creative atmosphere aimed at improving students’ confidence and cooperative skills. Students learn the conventions of theatre while performing for each other in class, and build at least one class performance.
DRAMA 10: THEATRE PERFORMANCE
Student actors further their skills in this exciting performance course (Drama 10). In a comfortable and supportive environment, actors develop their theatrical understanding and ability through scene creation, script analysis, character development, improvisation and movement. Performance pieces are tailored to suit the class. (FA)
THEATRE PERFORMANCE 11: Acting
Acting 11 is a performance-based course designed to allow actors to develop autonomy in their acting process through performance. These actors will be offered challenge workshops, and be continually engaged in rehearsal or performance of a variety of shows, for a variety of audiences, including each other. Significant emphasis will be placed on the student’s level of commitment in the class productions. (FA)
THEATRE PERFORMANCE 12: Acting
Acting 12 prepares the acting student for further experiences in theatre at the college or university level. Students will gain further experience in script analysis and scene work while developing stronger acting skills and deeper self-awareness. Significant emphasis will be placed on performances throughout the semester and on diverse theatre styles.
MUSICAL THEATRE 11/12 (BA)
So, you want to be a star!?! This busy course is a fast-paced introduction to rehearsing, producing and performing in the Broadway musical style and this group of performers will make up the backbone of the Spring musical at Pinetree, open to the general public. Students will learn and practice singing, dancing and acting skills and are expected to demonstrate enthusiasm for and effort in all three areas, regardless of experience. Students will also work on some technical skills to support the production, and the course also touches on the history of musical theatre. Some instrumentalists (especially piano) will be needed for this course (see teacher for permission). This course is designed for performance enthusiasts and cooperative learners, and will likely involve after-school rehearsals in addition to classroom work. No prerequisite for grade 11 and 12 students. Permission of the instructors needed for grade 10 students. (FA)
THEATRE PERFORMANCE 12: DIRECTING & SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT
This course is designed around writing and producing scenes and one act plays. Students will study plays, work on script writing techniques and direct their own scenes. This course is an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills while exploring a whole new area of theatrical experience. See instructor for permission. (FA)
THEATRE PRODUCTION 11: THEATRE PRODUCTION 12: TECHNICAL THEATRE
These self-motivated 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. Students will be expected to be involved in the various theatre productions presented throughout the school year. (FA/AS)
DANCE: PERFORMANCE 11/12
This program is focused on exploring physical movement, choreography and performance through a variety of dance forms and styles. Students should expect a combination of high-level physical activity along with studying the development of dance and its role in culture and society. (FA)