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EVENTS:


Live@theStudio
Provides a public yet intimate performance forum where dramatic works of students and guest artist(s) are showcased. Students draw from course material for their performances. Recent performances include Heroes, a grade 9 Tableaux Performance. Upcomming Grade 10 Collaborative Performance

Remembrance Day Broadcast
Each year, as part of the Grade 11 Drama curriculum (Reader’s Theatre), the first semester class envisions, writes, performs and records a 20-25 minute ceremony to pay homage to those who gave their lives in the struggle for freedoms we enjoy here in Canada. In conjunction with the Music department and the Media Arts department, the ceremony comes alive with music, sound effects and visuals. The presentation is shown school wide on, or around, Remembrance Day and has a deep effect on both staff and students each year.

MainStage Productions
Each year, the Drama Program mounts a professional like Theatre Production including full scale Musicals, Social Based Dramas, Classic Plays and Sears Drama Productions. Last year, we staged FAME The Musical Production – and it was a huge success! This inaugural Main Stage Production was a school-wide initiative involving a cast of over 45, 30+ teachers and 500 students from various classes and production teams that contributed to its success.


CLUBS:


Improv
IMPROV is a style of performance that is literally made up on the spot. No planning. No rehearsal. You get a location, a character and a problem…then off you go. The Improv Club runs weekly at Fletcher’s Meadow. It’s a great place to hone your acting skills, meet new people and have a lot of laughs. No experience required. Just come ready to have some fun.

Trips & Guest Artists
As part of our Arts Department’s philosophy, bringing students to experience live theatrical productions has been mandate. We also strive to coonect students to professionals from the world of Arts to talk about their lives and how they got to where they are is an essential part of our programme. We have been fortunate in the Drama department to have had a number of outstanding people join us throughout the years.

• Debra Toffan is a Genie and Emmy winning animation voice director and casting director. She has come in and talked about her live in the Arts world, offered insight and guidance into becoming a professional actor, brought in selections from her work (and works in progress), has run “spontaneous” voice auditions and allowed us to hold some of her outstanding awards.

• Erica Peck was chosen during an “open call” audition to play the female lead in Queen’s “We Will Rock You” stage show in Toronto. A graduate of Peel and in her second year at Sheridan college, Erica was selected from hundreds of hopefuls to play a part in this outstanding musical. During her visit Erica talked about her journey from student to performer, life as a professional actor, the benefits and challenges of the Canadian entertainment industry, the need for training and schooling and gave an incredible spontaneous performance. To top it all off, we then took a trip to Toronto to see “We Will Rock You” and then had a personal tour backstage afterwards.

• Jim Dalling is a professional mime and clown, who has performed throughout North America. He should be called our “professional in residence”, because he has been with us twice a year for the past three years teaching the art of mime, mask and comedy. Each time Jim visits it is a wonderful personal and learning time for students and staff. His high energy and child-like enthusiasm for his art and for student learning, makes for an amazing experience. Here are just a few comments from students: “Working with Jim was awesome. At first I didn’t realize the point of having him being here, but as the time got closer for him to leave I started to realize how much he had done for us”, “I loved wearing a mask. Even though it was ho to have on, it was fun to wear a different masks to express a different character.”, “The weirdest thing was pretending to blow up a balloon, go in it and pop it. As strange as it sounds, it’s a very good exercise to do to express your creativity.”, “Playing “drama games” with Jim because it let out the inner kid in everybody.”


Trips

Canon Theatre - We Will Rock You
The Factory Theatre
Much on Demand
The National Film Board
Living Arts Centre
Rose Theatre

Success Stories:

Parkholme Integration
Parkholme is the Special Needs Secondary School for North Peel and is directly connected to Fletcher’s Meadow. One of the objectives in the planning of this physical link was integration between the staff and students of both schools. One of the ways this has been achieved is through Black Light Theatre. Each year, Parkholme and its satellite campuses, puts on a performance using Black Light (it causes certain colours to glow) and a number of our drama students spend time working with the Parkholme students getting the show ready. This may involve: coming up with ideas, making costumes and props, choreographing the performances and on the day of the show, running things backstage and helping out with the presentations themselves. Our students have been profoundly affected by their involvement.

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