University Hill takes pride in our Fine Arts program. Art, Music and Theatre combine to deliver an outstanding program of Fine Arts for the benefit of our school and community.
(II) THEATRE ARTS
Theatre Arts is a thriving program which offers and supports students in a variety of experiences, from introductory or developmental drama, to production and performance based work (Theatre on the Hill, Canadian Improv Games, Theatre Sports, Asbestos Productions, and Film and Television Production 11 and 12).
DRAMA 9 MDR- -09
This course is open to all students in Grade 9 focuses on creative drama elements intended to build trust, self-confidence, imagination, expressive powers, and concentration. From there it moves into basic skill building in ensemble work, performance (e.g. vocal work, character building, improvisation, acting, play building, and script analysis) and production, including introducing students to the work of non-acting ensemble members. The course aims also to encourage students in their exploration, understanding, and appreciation of theatre.
DRAMA 10: GENERAL MDRG-10
THEATRE PERFORMANCE 11: ACTING MTPA-11
THEATRE PERFORMANCE 12: ACTING MTPA-12
The Theatre Performance: Acting 11 and 12 courses incorporate creative drama, reviewing fundamentals learned in previous grades and working to build trust, self-confidence, sensory awareness, and concentration; however, the emphasis in the senior levels is on ensemble work building to performance, and developing skills in acting and production. Students assume responsibility in a variety of roles, including directing, researching, writing, and stage managing, in performance projects and lessons involving their peers working in Acting 11/12 and Drama 10. Students will extend their knowledge of performance and production to different periods, styles, playwrights, and media, including theatre, film, television, and radio.
THEATRE COMPANY INTERMEDIATE 10 YVPA-0J
Junior Theatre Company is a course for committed students only who wish to work as an ensemble theatre company and develop their creative, performance, and production abilities through the rehearsal, performance, writing and directing processes. The course involves public performances in touring and main stage settings, requiring some rehearsal and preparation outside class hours. After school rehearsal is absolutely required.unior Theatre Company is a course for committed students only who wish to work as an ensemble theatre company and develop their creative, performance, and production abilities through the rehearsal, performance, writing and directing processes. The course involves public performances in touring and main stage settings, requiring some rehearsal and preparation outside class hours. After school rehearsal is absolutely required.
THEATRE COMPANY 11 YVPA-1Q
THEATRE COMPANY 12 YVPA-2M
Please refer to Theatre Company 10 above for background description. Senior Theatre Company continues the ensemble theatre work of Junior Theatre Company 10. Senior students take on more advanced organization, performance, writing, directing, and production roles, and provide leadership as mentors to the younger students through productions including one act plays, major ensemble shows, and Hillfest. After school rehearsal is absolutely required.
DRAMA 9 - THEATRE PRODUCTION 9 MDR- -09
DRAMA 10 - THEATRE PRODUCTION 10 MDRD-10
DRAMA 11- THEATRE PRODUCTION 11 MTPR-11
Theatre Production students work as crew and are an integral part of the Theatre on the Hill ensemble. They must be self-starters and committed team players. Some after school work is required to co-ordinate technical elements of productions (lighting, sound, and costumes), manage shows, and design and construct sets and props.
THEATRE PRODUCTION: TECHNICAL THEATRE 12 MTPRT12
Theatre Production students work as crew and are an integral part of the Theatre on the Hill ensemble. They must be self-starters and committed team players. Students will be involved in learning about all technical aspects of designing, constructing, and running a show: lighting, sound, costumes, props, sets, etc. Some after school work each term is mandatory to design and construct shows and co-ordinate technical elements of productions particularly as the crew moves into technical rehearsals, performance week, and striking the show after its run. It is expected that grade twelve students will assume leadership and mentor younger Technical Theatre students.
THEATRE PRODUCTION: THEATRE MANAGEMENT 12 MTPRM12
Theatre Management students assume responsibility for stage management, promotion, and House management each term. They are an integral part of the Theatre on the Hill ensemble. Theatre Management students must be self-starters, organized, and committed team players who are willing and able to take on significant responsibilities. They will be expected to commit to some after school work each term to ensure that productions are running smoothly and that all deadlines are met. They must also enjoy communication and working closely with a variety of people: directors, actors, audience members, and, of course, crew, designers, and teachers. It is expected that grade twelve students will assume leadership and mentor younger Theatre Management students.
THEATRE PERFORMANCE: DIRECTING & SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT 11 MTPDS11
Pre-Requisite Course Required: None, Open to all in grade 10, & 11
Theatre is a collective art and, therefore, students will learn to work cooperatively as well as independently on the creation, interpretation, and production of original scripts. As playwrights they will write and workshop plays for production, both collective creations as well as independently scripted plays. As well, they will study the role of the director and apply their studies to the practical work of directing and assistant-directing their original one-act plays and larger, ensemble productions. Among the tasks of the director are: interpreting the text (determining the playwright's intent, analyzing the text, developing and communicating a creative interpretation, i.e., the central image and sub world of the play in question);scheduling and running rehearsals, working with actors, management, designers, and technicians; and leading the ensemble into a production of the play in question.
THEATRE PERFORMANCE: DIRECT1NG & SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT 12 MTPDS12
Pre-Requisite Course Required: None, Open to all grade 12
Please refer to MTPDS11. Students in MTPDS 12 will continue to develop their skills in the areas of playwright and directing. They will also be expected to assume leadership in the class and mentor students in MTPDS 11.
FILM AND TELEVISON PRODUCTION 11 MDFT-11
FILM AND TELEVISON PRODUCTION 12 MDFT-12
Film and Television 11 and 12 students extend their understanding of how film and video technologies are used to influence meaning and purpose in film and television works. By examining how film and television images both influence and are influenced by context, students enhance their visual literacy. As they develop this literacy, they gain the understanding needed to create meaningful images (including time, sound, movement, and light) and critique their own work and the work of others. Students gain understanding of how social, cultural, and historical contexts influence the nature and purpose of film and television works. They examine political influences on film and television messages, as well as the economic effects of film and television production in society. Students also assess the impact of film and television production and images on audiences and on society in general. Students learn about the nature of the film and television industry and the roles and responsibilities of people who work within it.