Drama at Ashbury

The Grade 4 Dramatic Arts program introduces students to their own stage presence. Through a variety of games and activities, students are exposed to the fun and excitement of effective performance in front of their peers. Self-awareness is developed through warm-up exercises, discussion, and peer-assessment.The use of masks and role-play will encourage students to become more confident and comfortable in their bodies. Throughout the year, students are encouraged to interpret new and unusual situations on stage. Students will have the opportunity to perform for a bigger audience during a school concert in the theatre.

The Grade 5 Dramatic Arts program concentrates on awareness of others and working as a team. Through trust-building activities and icebreakers, students will learn to communicate their feelings. Vocal projection and timing are explored through puppetry. The program builds on the strength of their presence on stage and ability to remain in character. Through poem dramatizations, students will focus on self-awareness and confidence. Students will have the opportunity to perform for a bigger audience during school concerts in the theatre.

The Grade 6 Dramatic Arts program examines dramatic interaction and character interpretation. Real-life situations and their related emotions are investigated. The students work in groups to create short skits using puppets while focusing on the introduction, development and denouement of a scene. The program continues to reinforce the importance of communication and of emotional awareness. The year’s culminating task is a creative collection of choral speaking. The class will work together while focusing on voice projection, stage presence, and stage balance. Students will have the opportunity to perform for a bigger audience during school concerts in the theatre.

The Grade 7 Dramatic Arts program examines voice, movement and interaction on stage. The school’s theatre is used to provide an excellent venue for the activities and exercises that encourage growth in these areas. Different types of staging are researched, discussed, and applied to blocking, creative acting, and the rudiments of improvisation. Through movement, miming, clowning, and mask, students will become more confident and comfortable in their bodies. Throughout the year, students will take on different roles of responsibility such as directing, stage designing, and lighting. Students will have the opportunity to perform for a bigger audience during school concerts in the theatre. A French Immersion section of the Dramatic Arts program is offered to Extended and Immersion French students.

The Grade 8 Dramatic Arts program focuses on leadership through social art forms, teaching, modeling, and guidance in the development of effective group skills. Throughout the year, students will have opportunities to participate in a backstage task such as front of house, lighting, publicity, and stage-managing. The school’s theatre is used for rehearsals and performances. The students are introduced to the multi-channel lighting board, the soundboard, and microphones. In class, students will explore theatrical makeup and will have the opportunity to study and use the professional products to create zombie wounds and full-face makeup. After studying the rules and regulation of “La Ligue Nationale de l’Improvisation”, students will take part in improvisation matches. Students will have the opportunity to perform for a bigger audience during school concerts in the theatre. A French Immersion section of the Dramatic Arts program is offered to Extended and Immersion French students.

 

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Ontario, Canada, K1M 0T3
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