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Drama is both an art form and a medium for learning and teaching. It can develop the whole person – emotionally, physically, intellectually, imaginatively, aesthetically and socially, by giving form and meaning to experience through “acting out”. It fosters positive group interaction as students learn to make accommodations in order to pursue shared goals. The overall goal of drama is to foster a positive self-concept in students, while focusing on the areas of orientation, speech, movement, improvisation, acting, directing technical theatre and design
Drama 10 (3 credits) *Course fee
In Drama 10, students will begin by getting to know one another while creating a safe learning environment through play. We then move into Spontaneous Improvisation where students take risks and learn self-control and teamwork. Drama 10 also experiments with Stage Combat and Airbands. Completion of Drama 10 will foster self-confidence in our students while remaining focused and experiencing some fun! This is a prerequisite for Musical Theatre, which is available to grade 11 and 12 students only.
Drama 20 (5 credits) *Course fee
Prerequisite: 50% in Drama 10 – As students enter their second year in the program, we will review and reinforce the disciplines of orientation and improvisation. Students in Drama 20 will again participate in Airbands, which is always a highlight. The Drama 20 students will also be introduced to playwriting through Collective Creation, a process where students write, direct and perform a piece of their collective work. This learning process cannot be replicated and is truly a one of a kind experience for each participant!
Drama 30 (5 credits) *Course fee
Prerequisite: 50% in Drama 20 – In the student’s final year of drama, we will again reinforce all the disciplines to round out their senior high school drama experience and can more directly prepare them for a possible career in the Theatre Arts. The opportunity for participation in creating a school wide television show has recently been introduced, as an added experience for this level of “mastery”. The Drama 30 student will also direct and perform in a play of their choosing. Students play an active role in the production and direction of the piece.
ESBCHS Musical Theatre Program
Musical Theatre – Virtual Production (10 credits) Open to Grade 11 & 12 students only *Course fee
The Drama Department’s Musical Theatre program is excited to announce their production of High School Musical: The Musical for the upcoming school year. This production, which runs during Semester 1, will be offered virtually for the 2021-2022 school year. Classes in Musical Theatre 25 and 35 are offered in conjunction with Drama 20 and 30 and students have the potential to earn 10 credits upon completion. This Block 5 class is held after regular school hours and on selected weekends and will be a hybrid model of in person and virtual lessons this year. After approximately 250 hours in class and in rehearsals for acting, singing and dancing with professionals in vocal coaching, improvisation, costume, technical theatre, and musical direction, the culminating production will be performed in a Virtual Format that will be available to family and friends for viewing. Students must audition for this program in the spring of the previous school year. Students are reminded that this is an elite program and attendance is mandatory. Students must audition for this program in the spring.
Technical Theatre – Virtual Production (10 credits) Open to Grade 11 & 12 students only *Course fee
Recommended Prerequisite: Photo 20 and/or Comm Tech 20. Students must submit an application in the spring. The Drama Department’s Musical Theatre program is excited to announce their production of High School Musical: The Musical for the upcoming school year. This production, which runs during Semester 1, will be offered virtually for the 2021-2022 school year. Classes in Technical Theatre are offered in conjunction with Musical Theatre. Students have the potential to earn 10 credits upon completion. This program is held after regular school hours and on selected weekends. Technical Theatre students work behind the scenes and backstage to facilitate the production in a variety of ways. Due to the pandemic, the Musical Theatre production will be quite different this year and we are therefore looking for students interested in the technical side of film, photography and sound to join our team this year. As always we still need who are students interested in Stage Management, costume, set and props. Students are reminded that this is an elite program and attendance is mandatory.