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Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts is a thriving program which offers a space whereby students can explore, discover, and grow. Theatre Arts has the power to assist students with self-confidence, imagination, empathy, collaboration, communication, trust, and social awareness by providing a space for creativity, innovation, expression, and acceptance.


DRAMA 8                                                                                                              MDR--08


Drama 8 is an introductory course aimed at exploring role, character development and drama as a means of expression through collaboration and ensemble work. Through theatre games, script building and script analysis, students will learn to take risks, build confidence, and improve problem solving skills. This course will be offered to all grade 8’s during the fine arts rotation.


DRAMA 9  (Acting)                                                                                              MDR--09

DRAMA 10 (Acting)                                                                                             MDRM-10


Acting 9/10 focuses on the creative elements of drama intended to build trust, self-confidence, imagination, expressive powers, and concentration. From there it moves into basic skill building through ensemble and performance work. (E.g., vocal work, character building, improvisation, acting, play building, and script writing and analysis) This course aims also to encourage students in their exploration, understanding, and appreciation of theatre and to acquire strategies and techniques to support the creative process.


DRAMA 11 (Acting)                                                                                             MDRM-11

DRAMA 12 (Acting)                                                                                             MDRM-12


The Acting 11/12 course incorporates 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. Students will extend their knowledge of performance and production to different periods, styles, playwrights, and media, including theatre, film, and radio.


JUNIOR THEATRE COMPANY  9                                                                       MDR-09SC1

JUNIOR THEATRE COMPANY 10                                                                      MDRTC10

SENIOR THEATRE COMPANY 11                                                                      MDRTC11

SENIOR THEATRE COMPANY 12                                                                      MDRTC12


Theatre Company is open to students only who wish to create, rehearse, and refine dramatic works through collaboration, presentation, and production. As a member of Theatre Company, students are expected to take creative risks, develop imagination, and build confidence by engaging in script work in preparation for the One-Act Play Festival and the Spring Production. Rehearsal and preparation outside class time is required of each company member.


FILM AND TELEVISION 11                                                                                  MDFT-11

FILM AND TELEVISION 12                                                                                  MDFT-12


Film and Television 11/12 is a rewarding, hands-on class for grade 11-12 students interested in filmmaking. In this flexible class, students will have opportunities to develop and expand their skills in directing, editing, animating, acting, cinematography, documentary filmmaking, writing, and voice-over acting for film. Students will work collaboratively or individually to create films or animations. Students will author unique story ideas; they will learn to use Adobe Premiere and Procreate; they will have access to cameras, lights, and microphones; and they will study film language to create short films. Student work will be submitted to film festivals where students have an opportunity to win awards and cash prizes. Students should be mature, self-motivated, and able to work independently as well as in a team.

THEATRE PRODUCTION 9    (Stagecraft)                                                         MDR-09CO1

THEATRE PRODUCTION 10  (Stagecraft)                                                         MDRD-10

THEATRE PRODUCTION 11  (Stagecraft)                                                         MDRTP11

 THEATRE PRODUCTION 12 (Stagecraft)                                                         MDRTP12


Stagecraft (production) students work as a technical team and are an integral part of the University Hill Secondary theatrical productions. 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, publicity, stage management, set design and construction. Students will be expected to commit to some after schoolwork each term to ensure that productions run smoothly and that deadlines are met. It is expected that grade twelve students will assume leadership and mentor younger technical theatre students.

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