The drama curriculum is intended to help students to develop an understanding and appreciation of theatre, as well as the ability to create works using the forms, concepts, elements, and conventions of the discipline.
Enhancement of language practice, awareness of communication choices and how they affect those around us.
An outlet for fostering and developing creative thinking and interactions through dramatic play and visual art.
A safe environment to explore solving conflict with the ability to propose and try several solutions.
A perspective change to see where you fit in and how your life can, has, or may change. An opportunity to fail without repercussions.
Exploring the how and why of different cultures, practices, and backgrounds to embrace our differences.
A chance to deepen understanding of why people feel the way they often do, and how we can experience similar emotions and situations. A sense of "feeling with".
Consciously, or subconsciously, examining how your beliefs, or a character's beliefs, mesh or clash with others. An explanation of how norms influence our world.
A basic opportunity to experience the facets of the art of theatre through simple performance, pride, production, process and product.
Elementary students K-3 participate in a drama lesson of approximately 45 minutes for two split quarters of the academic year. 4th and 5th chose between drama and choir or band.
Based on the three principal tools of an actor, "voice, body and imagination", students begin to use personal experience, creativity and familiar movements to develop concepts, vocabulary, respond to prompts and express ideas and to communicate their thoughts freely in front of an audience without being afraid.
Through a balance of free and guided explorations, students develop awareness of their bodies and of the many different ways they can move.
Students explore and create characters through: reading scripts, writing scripts and poems, mime, puppetry and role play.
Students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 can take Drama as an elective for a whole year. In this class, students continue to focus on role play and the development of believable characters as foundational components of both process drama and theatre performance. Because drama is a highly social art form, teaching, modelling, and guidance in the development of effective group skills are essential.
In partners, small groups, and whole-class formats, students create drama using a variety of forms, techniques, and conventions. Students continue to explore more complex material, while also broadening their knowledge of forms and conventions to include improvisation, devised scenes, collaborative play-building, interpreting and performing scripts, reader’s theatre, and makeup.
Theatre Arts is offered to Grades 9-12 as a year-long elective.
High School (non-IB) students extend their understanding and interpretation of dramatic texts, forms, characters, and theatrical productions. They incorporate a variety of dramatic elements and conventions in their work.
Students are required to take a more active role in class by analysing, interpreting, and performing dramatic works from various cultures and time periods.
Students will research various acting styles, including musicals and conventions, that could be used in their presentations, and will analyse the functions of playwrights, directors, actors, designers, technicians, and audiences.