Drama

Advanced Acting

This year, 32 Advanced Acting students rehearsed and work shopped an original stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s award-winning novel, Life of Pi.   Students took part in editing the script, acting, designing make-up and costumes and organizing an effective back stage crew to run the full-length play for six, evening performances. With the assistance of Calgary set designer, Brad Leavitt, a moving, replica of the life boat from the film was built and a versatile set was erected that could tell the story spanning land and sea.  Yann Martel himself was enthused by the quality of the production and script and sent congratulations to the cast and crew on Opening night.  The Nelson Mandela Drama Department continues to look for stories that challenge our student actors and designers to truly see what their imagination and commitment can produce.

Calgary High School Drama Festival

At this year’s 2019 Calgary High School Drama Festival, Nelson Mandela High School took the original student written and directed play, If PJ’s Could Kill, to the Drama Festival Studio Stage.  Thirteen students were involved in the production that ignited laughter with its quirky brand of parody and humor.  Each spring, students are given the opportunity to put forth their original scripts and creative ideas and develop their play-writing and directing skills.

High School Drama Festival

Nelson Mandela High School is a participant in the Calgary High School Drama Festival. This is a three-day festival where students get to participate in workshops, watch performance and perform their work for all the other high schools around the city. This is one of the most fun, interesting, and exciting events of the year!

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What a successful weekend! Congrats to Our Lady of Rockies Jr. Boys and @BownessHighCBE Jr. Girls on their Championship wins both winning in the final minute of play.

Congrats to our own Saroop and her 1st Place finish last night in the Self-Authored Poetry category at the Sir Winston Churchill Speech Tournament https://t.co/BdVw4eO910

Girls taking on Crescent at MIT. https://t.co/6Hz2TEWHfd

The Inaugural Mandela Invitational Tournament is underway. @MandelaUnited vs. Our Lady of Rockies https://t.co/a942Kv6hy4

Great to see so many students together to cheer on @CanadaSoccerEN during lunch today. https://t.co/HIIhgArJdt

RT @UsihChristopher: So pleased to engage with this inspiring group of young leaders! The 2022-23 Chief Superintendent Student Advisory Council represents high school students across #WeAreCBE. Thanks to staff advisors, school leaders, teachers, and Diversity&Inclusion for empowering student voice! https://t.co/CpbDDbpOxS

Competing at the @FTCTeams Southern Alberta Tournament of the season being hosted at @JCS_Ravens https://t.co/fIgqYTkAEB

RT @Chelsea_OLeary: Huge thank you to both @MandelaUnited and @ABE_Aberhart students for helping our robotics team troubleshoot several issues we had tonight with our robot. They exemplified gracious professionalism. 👏🤩 #WeAreCBE @ValleyCreekCBE https://t.co/vgK91KIhK1

Mandela's Creative Writing and 20-1 pre-AP students embarked on a sensory odyssey in a workshop with local spoken word artist and Canada Arts Council grant recipient, @MirandaKPoet, crafting 'Post-it Poetry' and playing with descriptive 'Weird Words.' https://t.co/j05GgQGUae

2021-2022 Yearbooks are available for pickup on Wednesday November 16th from 4:00pm-6:15pm inside the front foyer.