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THE D​RAMA PROGRAM

​The drama program at Meadowvale encourages the development of creative and critical thinking, communication, and leadership. Drama develops confidence, global awareness, empathy and respect for others, and an appreciation of the arts. Students will work with technology, build cultural connections and collaborate with others. Graduates will be flexible, creative, confident, and articulate performing members of society.
 
In the grade 9 drama program, students explore drama conventions such as tableau, monologue, mime, thought tracking, stage combat, improvisation, scene study, lighting, sound and set. The year starts with orientation and team building activities to help students build confidence and develop their understanding of theatre. This is a practical hands on course with students working together on various performance and presentation projects.
 
In grade 10, students continue to develop and build on the foundational skills learned in grade 9. Students learn the rules of improvisation and are given the opportunity to test them out onstage. Stereotypes and media are explored and scene and monologue work becomes more advanced with students performing published pieces before classmates. The final exam is a performance piece written collectively by their group.
 
The grade 11 program pushes students creatively through movement, sound, and acting. Students learn how to direct peers in published pieces and how to perform in various acting styles such as children's theatre, melodrama and realism. Original characters are created by students which then develop into monologues to be performed. The final culminating unit is a performance piece exploring a global theme.
 
Our final year in drama builds on all previous years with students exploring, creating and performing dramatic works. Students study tragedy, Canadian drama, and theatre of the absurd. Leadership is a focus this year as students study the grade 8 drama curriculum in order to develop drama workshops that they will then deliver to our feeder schools. The final project is a performance to an evening audience.
 
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DRAMA EXTRA-CURRICULAR 

The drama extra-curricular program is focused on developing student leadership and creative growth. We encourage our students to articulate their ideas on stage and to be confident in their artistic choices. No matter the grade, students can act, stage manage, produce, direct, design, write, do make up or costumes, build, paint, operate lights or sound in our productions. The opportunities are endless.
 
Peel Studentwrights Drama Festival
Student written and student directed plays
Hosted at Meadowvale S.S.
November
 
National Theatre School DramaFest
Student written and student directed plays
Hosted at Meadowvale S. S.
February
 
School Production / Musical
Teacher directed
May
 
Production Opportunities
Students run lights and sound, design sets and posters, and stage manage various productions.
Ongoing throughout the year
 
Playwrights' Circle
Weekly lunch meetings to help develop playwriting skills
Ongoing throughout the year
 
Arts Showcases
Drama, music, media and visual arts
November and May
 
Drama Council
Students run various drama festivals / events
Ongoing throughout the year

 

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