Drama

Drama 10

PowerSchool Reference: [Drama 10_5cr]

Prerequisite: None

In this course, students will begin a journey towards the formation of a creative practice in theatre that will serve them for their whole lives. In Drama 10, we focus on performance creation for the actor through the study of mask, clown, improvisation, theatre games, devising, and theatre history. We are fortunate to have incredible guest artists who work with students throughout the course, and a strong and generous connection to the professional theatre community that brings about many opportunities for students. Drama 10 encourages young artists to honor themselves, their voice, and the voices of others. 

 

Drama 20

PowerSchool Reference: [Drama 20_5cr]

Prerequisite: Drama 10

Explore the world of theatre and your own artist self further, develop characters, write your own scenes and start directing. Building on the skills learned in Drama 10, Drama 20 students immerse themselves into the world of theatre through scene study, playwriting, and other units designed to improve acting technique, writing skills, and directing skills. Students take part in workshops with professional theatre artists, attend plays together and are encouraged to get involved in the Calgary theatre community. This class culminates in a Verbatim theatre performance for the school, which sees the students writing, directing, and creating their own piece of theatre which they base on a question they have for the school community. Drama 20 students are also encouraged to perform in Drama 30 directing projects at the end of the year, giving them more opportunities to hone their craft as performers. 

 

Drama 30

PowerSchool Reference: [Drama 30_5cr]

Prerequisite: Drama 20

In this most intensive theatre course, actors study movement, stage combat, learn auditioning skills, and get to direct their own pieces. This challenging course takes drama students to a pre-professional level. Students study movement, audition technique, Canadian Theatre, and the Drama 30 Director’s Projects; a tradition at Western that has seen many students go on to professional careers in the arts, or become patrons of the arts. This course takes significant commitment and is intensely rewarding.

 

Technical Theatre 15/25/35

PowerSchool Reference: [Technical Theatre 15/25/35]

Prerequisite: None

The foundations of a theatre come to light as students learn the art of backstage ‘magic’ in theatres and during theatre productions. This course is available at all three levels. Lighting, sound design, set design and construction, hair and make-up design, publicity, and stage management are covered. Students work directly on the semester one production and various other productions throughout the year in this hands-on learning environment. This is the perfect course for those who love to be involved in theatrical productions, but not necessarily as performers. This course is also a great companion course to any of the Drama courses. 

 

Advanced Acting 25/35

PowerSchool Reference: [Advanced Acting 25/35]

Prerequisite: Successful audition process

Have you ever wanted to perform on the stage? Come and commit to the thrill and excitement of acting at the highest level! Upon a successful audition for the December production, students are immersed in a full theatrical production as a performer. Participants are expected to attend after school rehearsals, memorize lines, immerse themselves in their character and perform the production with the rest of the cast. Past productions include: Hamlet, Cabaret, Wild Abandon, and The Penelopiad. Auditions for this course are in early September. Students do not need to be enrolled in another drama class or have previous experience to audition.

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