Course Descriptions - Theatre

DRAMA 8 (MDR--08)

Drama 8 is an active participatory course which teaches students to perform and relate to others in a confident, comfortable manner.  This course enables the student to develop a strong sense of self-worth and interpersonal skills.  Topics include: trust, concentration, observation and sense awareness, imagination, movement, mime, speech, teamwork, improvisation and theatre background.  Drama is working under pressure, taking risks, dealing with disappointments as well as enjoying successes and meeting deadlines.  Above all though, Drama is FUN with a capital "F".  This is a course recommended for ALL students.  Assignments and activities include: writing and performing in class, theatre games, communication skills, concentration exercises, group and individual improvisations, scene-work, television scripts, multi-media projects and school presentations.  Assignments are based on cooperative group learning.


DRAMA 9 (MDR--09)

Study will focus on individual development through work in the following areas:  concentration, trust, voice, sports, teamwork, script work and movement.  The student should be able to present ideas in an open manner, remain in character and show concern for the well-being of fellow students.  Assignments take the form of theater games, exercises, monologues and dialogues, as well as unit projects and basic scene work (scripted and unscripted).  Most work will involve teamwork and be completed in class, however, some rehearsal and preparation for scene work and occasional memorization of script work may be given for homework.


DRAMA 10 (MDRM-10)

Drama 10 furthers the topics taught in Drama 9 and shifts its study to the technical skills of theatre such as: character portrayal, script analysis, introductory directing, vocal enhancement, and play production.  Continued emphasis on trust, concentration, sensitivity, imagination, improvisation and role-playing will also be explored.  Improvisations, speech work, role-play, communication skills and group interdependence are stressed.  A new emphasis on solo performances begins via rehearsal and preparation for monologues, memorization of scripted material and project work in which the individual is responsible for the presentation of a specific skill (e.g. directing or blocking).  Students must also be able to perform character roles believably.



Professional and community productions are recommended each term.  Acting 11 is designed for the student who is interested in performance.  It is a practical course dealing with theatre.  It teaches a student skills in front of an audience which will provide self-confidence and self-awareness.  At all times, participation, cooperation and teamwork are of major importance.  Students will also attend professional productions to develop their critical abilities.  Assignments and activities will include: acting techniques, acting styles, scenework, scriptwork, tableau, mask, mime and vocal work.  Some work will be done relating to audition techniques, film acting and radio broadcasting.  Grade 11 students not only have an increased opportunity to perform but also to participate, when possible, in the BC Festival of the Arts.



Prerequisite:  ACT 11 or Teacher Permission

This course is designed for the advanced acting student.  It reinforces the skills emphasized in Acting 11 and goes further in content and expectations.  Students will deal largely with scripted roles and their skills of critical evaluation will be emphasized through script reading and attendance at professional productions throughout the year.  Assignments and activities will include projects in acting styles, dramaturgy, and auditioning and script analysis.  Some work will be done in the areas of film acting and radio broadcasting.  Grade 12 students not only have an increased opportunity to perform but also participate when possible, in the B.C. Festival of the Arts.



Recommended: Acting 11 or Teacher permission

Admission to the course is based on the approval of the instructor.  A student learns to read and analyze scripts with the intention of production.  The student will be led through the process of directing including topics such as:  play selection, conflicts within the play, research, imagery, period pieces, text analysis, auditions, blocking, objectives, actor-focusing techniques, etc.  It is an excellent course in which to learn responsibility, leadership and cooperative skills.  Assignments and activities will include reading scripts, writing scripts for various media, script analysis, directing scenes and director’s book preparation.