The Drama Focus program presents an enriched curriculum focusing on acting, creation, and full productions. Through scene study and frequent presentations, students gain a rich understanding of the art and craft of stage performance. Mentorship and workshops from professional actors and directors provide significant enrichment to this program.
In Grade 9 Drama Focus, the emphasis is on voice (articulation and projection) and physical theatre (acting with the full body), and the collaborative creation and presentation of small original works. Improvisation, Laban’s Efforts, choral techniques and maskwork are used to explore and develop skills. In Grade 10, students continue to develop acting skills through diverse dramatic forms, and will present their work as part of our fall production: FOCUS. In Grade 11, students have the opportunity to perform and direct in-class and co-curricular productions as they gain a deeper understanding of modern acting styles. The Drama Focus program culminates in grade 12 with the presentation of a fully staged production of a published play with a guest director from the professional community.