“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theatre are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.”
William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education
Course specific information available in sub-tabs Course Descriptors:
Drama 9/10 (semester in timetable – 4 credits) The goal of Drama 10 is to develop the student's ability to be communicative, interpretive and expressive. During the initial stages of the course, students participate in skill building activities which promote confidence, creativity and teamwork. As the year progresses, the study of theatre, more specifically, the art of acting is emphasized. Students will have the opportunity to perform in a number of short scenes. Indicator of Success: Although previous courses are desirable, they are not prerequisites for this course. (For a grade 10 student to be eligible for Theatre Production, they must also be enrolled in the Drama 10 course.)
Acting 11/12 (semester in timetable – 4 credits)
Acting 11/12 provides students opportunities to develop an appreciation and respect for the craft of acting as well as for the collaborative effort involved in producing theatre and film. While the course builds on the Drama 10 program by offering students the opportunity for further development in movement, voice, improvisation, and play-building, emphasis in Acting 11/12 is on the acquisition of theatre/film acting styles and directing skills that can be used in preparing and presenting scenes from various historical periods. A culminating scene night showcases student development. This course also includes film analysis and video production. Students may take both Acting 11 and 12 concurrently with Theatre Production. Indicator of Success: Although Drama 10 is desirable, it is not a prerequisite for this course. Students new to the drama experience are welcome in this class.
Theatre Production 10/11/12 (Linear off timetable – 4 credits)
This experiential hands-on class is designed for the committed theatre student interested in production -based learning. Students are expected to work on two major productions either on stage as a performer or behind the scenes as a crew member. As well students must commit to one of the “Theatre for a Changing World” collaborative initiatives. To varying degrees according to interest, students will be involved in all aspects of production: stage design and construction; acting and directing; sound, lighting and crew. The class will have production meetings bi-weekly for skill development, including and for production planning. Specific rehearsal times will vary depending on the show and student availability. Theatre Production provides an educational experience which enables students to grow personally through creative expression while nurturing their performance skills to the fullest.
Indicator of Success: For entry into the class, students must be in grade 10, 11, or 12 preferably with prior drama or theatre experience. Theatre Production can be taken concurrently with Drama 10 and Acting 11/12. Theatre Production 12 is an approved academic course for some universities.