Drama

ARTS YEAR 4-THEATRE ARTS-DRAMA 9

(MDR-09-IB)

Students in Drama 9 create drama through voice, improvisation, characterization and scene work.  Drama 9 builds community and nurtures relationships with others. Individual identity is explored through daily games.  Units include improvisation, lip syncs, mime and the study and preparation of a scene from published plays. Drama 9 will build students’ play building skills, confidence and presentation skills.  We will study and attend one professional theatre production.

ARTS YEAR 5-DRAMA 10-THEATRE ARTS

(MDRG-10-IB-4 CREDITS)

Drama 10 further develops skills in acting, production and scene writing.  More advanced work in scene analysis and character portrayal are explored. Drama 10 builds community and nurtures relationships with others.. There is a continued emphasis on individual identity and group dynamics through concentration, voice, improvisation, characterization and mime. Units include scene work, sound effects, melodrama, monologues, and preparation of a one-act published play. We will study and attend one professional theatre production.

DRAMA 11 (ACTING 11)

(MDRM-11 ~ 4 CREDIT FINE ARTS)

Drama 11 is an advanced acting course with an emphasis on performance.  Students will develop skills including characterization, voice, relationship, tension, timing, costume, prop work, subtext, and movement.  Students will work individually and together to create characters in conflict in a variety of dramatic modes including improv, scripted scenes and one-act plays, monologues, devised scenes created from scratch, one classical performance (either Shakespeare, Ancient Greek Drama, Commedia Dell’Arte or Restoration theatre), a collaborative project with English Enriched 10 scriptwriters, slam poetry, and a lip sync battle unit.  Students will gain a working knowledge of theatre terminology and production elements. Drama 11 students will take part in an original performance that will be presented at Rockridge’s Remembrance Day Ceremony each year. Drama 11 students will study traditional and contemporary First Peoples worldviews, history, and stories and make connections with their own experience and communicate discoveries through dramatic works.

DRAMA 12  (ACTING 12)

(MDRM-12 ~ 4 CREDIT FINE ARTS)

Drama 12 is an advanced acting course that further develops performance skills, and prepares acting students for auditioning for theatre schools and plays after graduation.  Drama 12 is also a course that is well-known to be a respectful, creative environment where students create close ties and develop interpersonal and public speaking skills that can be an advantage in all areas of life and career after graduation.  Students will develop skills including characterization, voice, relationship, tension, timing, costume, prop work, subtext, and movement. Students will work individually and together to create characters in conflict in a variety of dramatic modes including improv, scripted scenes and one-act plays, monologues, devised scenes created from scratch, one classical performance (either Shakespeare, Ancient Greek Drama, Commedia Dell’Arte or Restoration theatre), a collaborative project with English Enriched 10 scriptwriters, slam poetry, and a lip sync battle unit.  Students will gain a working knowledge of theatre terminology and production elements. Drama 12 students will take part in an original performance that will be presented at Rockridge’s Remembrance Day Ceremony each year. Drama 12 students will study traditional and contemporary First Peoples worldviews, history, and stories and make connections with their own experience and communicate discoveries through dramatic works. ​ 

THEATRE COMPANY 9-12

(MDR–09TC, MDRD-10, MDRTC-11, MDRTC-12 ~ 4 CREDIT FINE ARTS)

 

Theatre Company is a course open to students in 9 – 12 who wish to participate in Rockridge Secondary’s annual production as performers, assistant directors, stage managers, props and costume designers coordinators, and set builders, painters and decorators. Participating students will also take on ticket sales, publicity and front-of-house duties. ​Rockridge productions include a variety of theatre genres including devised, drama, comedies and musicals.

This course will be out of the timetable Tues, Wed and Thurs after school. Not all students are required for every rehearsal during Pre-Production until the last month, but they are expected to work independently memorizing lines, reviewing blocking, analyzing character, reviewing rehearsal notes and keeping a production binder. All students are required for Preparation, Tech Week, Production Week and Post Production at the Kay Meek Arts Centre.

In order to be cast in a speaking role in production, students must be enrolled in Drama 9, Drama 10, Drama 11 or 12 and will be required to audition.

NOTE: STUDENTS INTERESTED IN TAKING THIS COURSE CAN ATTEND AN INFORMATION MEETING IN JUNE OR SPEAK TO MS FOSTER OR MS OHLHAUSER.

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