Our theatre arts program strengthens students' social awareness and knowledge, presentation skills, fluency of speech, confidence and self expression. In grades 8 and 9 electives, students study scene work, script writing, mime, improvisation, poetry and prose presentation, physical and vocal expression, and learning to be part of an ensemble. As students progress through the dramatic forms of expression, greater emphasis is on the individual's development as a creator, performer, producer and critic. Students in Theatre 11/12 perform in one-act plays and school performances throughout the year, focusing on mastery of acting techniques.
Annual Theatre Production
- Dramatic Arts 8
- Drama 9, 10
- Theatre Company 11/12
Every January, the senior drama department performs a full-scale theatre production, alternating between dramatic plays and musicals, at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Past productions include Anne of Green Gables
, Beauty and the Beast
, The Ash Girl
, Thoroughly Modern Millie
, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Into the Woods,
and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
. The theatre production is a highlight of the year for cast and crew, who start rehearsals in early fall. Additional Performance Opportunities
Each year students in grades 9 to 12 perform at the Vancouver Speech and Drama Festival in categories such as monologue, poem, prose, scene and speech. Students in Theatre 11/12 have the opportunity to take part in the V1STA One-Act Play Festival.