Sutherland Secondary
North Vancouver School District
Drama
DRAMA 8                                                                                                            (MDR--08)
This is an introductory course designed to enhance the students’ self-esteem, concentration, imagination, creativity and personal growth.  Through a variety of activities, including theatre games, improvisation, group storytelling, readers’ theatre and the beginnings of scripted work, students will learn how to collaborate productively and cooperatively while developing basic drama skills.  The language of the theatre will be introduced.  Theatre discipline will be stressed, and a mature approach to work in the theatre space will be encouraged.  Occasional written quizzes and assignments will test student learning.  At least one field trip per semester will be undertaken, with an associated assignment.  Field trips are not obligatory; students not participating will be given alternate assignments.  Student fees cover the cost of fieldtrips.   A performance exam will be required to successfully complete this course.
                                                                                                                             Prerequisite:  None
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCES 10                (4 credits)                                       (MDRR-10)
In this course, students will engage in activities that will enhance their self–esteem, concentration, communication, imagination, creative expression and ability to cooperate with peers.  Activities such as sensory awareness, dance and movement, choral readings, mime, improvisation, characterization and scripted scene work will serve as springboards for increasing student knowledge of theatre craft.  Theatre discipline will be expected, and a mature approach to work in the theatre space is required for success in this course.  Up to two field trips per semester will be undertaken, with associated assignments.  Field trips are not obligatory; students not participating will be given alternate assignments.  Student fees cover the cost of fieldtrips.  Some assignments will require independent written work outside school hours.  Some focus will be placed on theatre background, including vocabulary, stagecraft, history and literature.  A performance exam will be required to successfully complete this course.              Prerequisite: None
                                                                                                                    
 
THEATRE PERFORMING ART 11            (4 credits)                                        (MTPA-11)                                                                                                                                
This course will further develop and refine acting skills, techniques and theatre knowledge previously acquired in other drama courses and/or practical experience.  A professional approach to work in the theatre space is required, with a high level of maturity being the expectation.  Students are expected to fully participate in such activities as improvisation, readers’ theatre, monologue performances, scripted scene work and playlets.  Study of theatrical literature and styles of acting will be undertaken, and students are expected to develop their ability to analyze, explore and discuss the work of playwrights, performers and fellow students.  At least two field trips per semester will be undertaken, with associated assignments.  Field trips are not obligatory; students not participating will be given alternate assignments.  Student fees cover the cost of fieldtrips   Students should expect to complete a number of assignments which require independent written work outside of school hours.  A performance exam will be required to successfully complete this course.  Note:  Grade 10 students wishing to enroll in this course must seek the written permission of the course instructor prior to requesting this course.                      
 Prerequisite: Drama 10 recommended
       
 
THEATRE PERFORMING ART 12            (4 credits)                                        (MTPA-12)                       This course runs concurrently with the Acting 11 course, and is designed for students who have shown exceptional promise and motivation in performance theatre in previous years.  It will give the senior student practical experience in the acting environment.  Special attention will be paid to styles of acting, movement, characterization, vocal development, and rehearsal, production and performance experience.  Students wishing to take this level must be aware they are required to assist with the school drama productions to receive credit.  These students are expected to provide leadership to less experienced members of the class.  They will be expected to research, select, direct, and rehearse scenes and playlets, working individually and in small groups.  Students may be asked to participate in public performances for school or outside audiences.  At least two field trips per semester will be undertaken, with associated assignments.  Field trips are not obligatory; students not participating will be given alternate assignments.  Student fees cover the cost of fieldtrips.  Students should expect to complete a number of assignments which require independent written work outside of school hours.   A performance exam will be required to successfully complete this course.                                                                Prerequisite:  MTPA-11
                                                                                               
 
THEATRE PRODUCTION 11                      (4 credits)                                       (MTPR-11)
This course is outside of school hours and extends over the entire school year, providing training in one or more of the following areas:  set design and construction, lighting and sound design and delivery, costume and make-up, promotion, front of house and other aspects of off-stage theatre work.  This course will provide manuals, hands-on experience and practical assignments associated with school drama productions.  To receive credit, students must assist with school drama productions to the satisfaction of the instructor.  This will include producing plans and written designs, attending meetings and rehearsals, and operating as technical crew for performances, etc. Students will attend a conference and a theatre festival, which may involve registration fees. The cost will be shared by the course and the student, and will be charged at the time of registration.                                    Prerequisite:  Instructor’s permission
                               
                                                                       
THEATRE PRODUCTION 12                      (4 credits)                                        (MTPR-12)
This course is outside of school hours and extends over the entire school year, continuing training in one or more of the following areas:  set design and construction, lighting and sound design and delivery, costume and make-up, promotion, front of house and other aspects of off-stage theatre work.  This course will provide manuals, hands-on experience and practical assignments associated with school drama productions.  To receive credit, students must assist with school drama productions to the satisfaction of the instructor.  This will include producing plans and written designs, attending meetings and rehearsals, and operating as technical crew for performances, etc. Students will attend a conference and a theatre festival, which may involve registration fees. The cost will be shared by the course and the student, and will be charged at the time of registration.                                                             Prerequisite:  MTPR-11