The Theatre Department's high school
program is designed to encourage students to discover and nurture their
imaginations as both creative actors and innovative collaborators. Students
follow a sequential program that introduces a variety of contemporary and
traditional acting techniques while nourishing the writing and directing
of their own original productions.
From Grade 8 to 12, students produce,
act and create: original thematically-based anthologies, adapted novels
to script, edited or adapted Shakespeare, a professionally written one-act,
a play-built tour show as well as writing their own one-acts in Grades
11 and 12. Students are continually working towards audition-quality monologues
and scene work that draw from both classical and contemporary works in
preparation for contests, film and theatrical auditions as well as college
and university applications.
Drama students graduate with a fundamental
understanding of the history of theatre, from Greek to Canadian contemporary,
as well as a practical understanding of theatre production, including stage
management, lights and sound design, fly rigging, front of house and promotion.
Students are required to attend professional
theatre as a co-curricular activity as well as participating in annual
workshops with the professional theatre community. We are extremely fortunate
to have many clinicians eager to work with our students.