Drama 10 provides a foundation for theatre study in drama. Students start out with theatre games, non-verbal & verbal work, and improvisation. They quickly progress to scene work and class performances. In addition, some elements of theatre production (backstage or theatre ‘tech’) are covered.
*Serious Grade 10 drama students who are interested in getting involved with the KSS Night Owl Theatre Company should strongly consider taking Theatre Production 11 in their Grade 10 year.
Senior Theatre 11 and 12 (By audition only)
If you want to be on stage consider auditioning for our Performance Ensemble course. The Performance Ensemble class, together with the Theatre Production class, combine to create the KSS Night Owl Theatre Company. Two productions will be staged throughout the year, usually one in the fall and the second in the spring. This course runs all year and all rehearsals are held outside the timetable– some weekends might be involved. Students interested in this course should prepare to audition in June for the following year. Please contact the Drama Teacher for more information.
For the final assignment of the year, all students in the Performance Ensemble need to get involved in the Fringe Festival, held in early June, in some way (it doesn't have to be on-stage). If you are truly unable to do this, please see the Drama Teacher.
DIRECTING & SCRIPTWRITING
DIRECTING & SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT 11
focuses on translating ideas into dramatic form to communicate between stage and audience. The work of the course, both practical and theoretical, will cover directing, and responsibilities of theatre collaborators, script conventions, elements of a production, stage composition and blocking, auditions and casting.
DIRECTING & SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT 12
builds on the skills begun in grade 11. Emphasis will be placed on script selection, research and interpretation, performance considerations, interpersonal skills, leadership of the rehearsal, as well as scriptwriting and directing as art forms.
Note: It is expected that students have experience in theatre both on stage and behind-the-scenes – students are encouraged to take Acting and Theatre Production courses. * In late May or early June students in the Directing class will host a festival of some of the work of our new student directors, including some original student works.
ACTING 11 includes a review of basic theatre games and skills with an emphasis on the complete training of the actor, including movement, voice, improvisation, play study, scene preparation, and performance. Individual and group projects are assigned on a basis and may include work outside of the class.
ACTING 12 emphasizes more advanced projects including character study, script work, and acting for the camera. As students work on scenes involving a variety of acting styles and theatre genres they will also explore the literature and history of the theatre. Opportunities may arise to work on plays for an outside audience.
THEATRE PRODUCTION 11 and 12 are for any students who have an interest in hands-on work backstage in theatre production. There is no audition for these after-school classes, but students must make a commitment to being involved in the Night Owl Theatre Company – as such, teacher permission is required. The Theatre Production class, together with the Performance Ensemble class, combine to create the KSS Night Owl Theatre Company. Through participation in theatre productions in a variety of settings and with a variety of responsibilities, students increase their knowledge and develop skills in all phases of theatre. The work of the course provides a foundation in design, technical theatre and theatre management.
Students may specialize in either technical theatre or in theatre management at the grade 12 level of Theatre Production. Technical theatre will focus on the techniques and skills needed for design, lighting, sound, costumes and props. Theatre management will focus on the leadership roles in such areas as stage management, house management, technical direction and production.