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Drama & Theatre

 
Byng's Drama/Theatre program has a long-standing reputation for excellence. It has received the highest awards and distinctions in national and international competitions.
  
Drama & Theatre courses offered at Lord Byng Secondary School:
  • Drama 8
  • Drama 9
  • Theatre 9 Byng Arts
  • Drama 10 Coaching
  • Drama 10
  • Theatre Production 11
  • Theatre Company 11
  • Theatre Company 12
  • Acting 11/12  

Course Description    

Drama 8 (MDR--08)                                                       
Grades: 8                                                                                               
 Drama 8 introduces students to the whole range of Drama activities: improvisation, theatre sports, basic acting, speaking skills, and scene composition. Some features include coaching and demonstrations by experienced senior students, workshops in such theatre areas as dance and mime, and opportunities to see plays. There is plenty of intellectual and creative challenge in Drama 8 but little written work. Drama 8 is enjoyable for students who have acting experience and also for students with no previous experience in Drama. It is a good start for those who wish to go on in acting as well as those who wish to overcome shyness and improve their self-confidence. For Drama 8 students who wish to act in plays, there are a number of extracurricular opportunities available each year.
 
Drama 8: Byng Arts Theatre Arts (MDR—08BA)           
Grades: 8                                                                                             
This course allows students additional opportunities to apply the skills they are learning in Drama 8. It includes in-depth scene work, audition practice, script work, special effects and other topics of interest to students who are seriously interested in going on in acting. There may be opportunities for small productions during the year. As well, students must attend three theatre productions per year and write a journal about these productions. Occasional extra curricular rehearsals will be required.
 
Drama 9 (MDR--09)                                                       
Grades: 9  
Drama 9 includes many features of the Drama 8 program and introduces some long-term projects in such areas as play writing and performing, and scene composition. Drama 9 encourages self-expression and creativity. It uses a wide selection of enjoyable activities as starting points for acting. For Drama 9 students who wish to act in plays, there are a number of extracurricular opportunities available each year.
 
Drama 9: Byng Arts Theatre Arts (MDR--09THE)         
Grades: 9                                                                                               
Prerequisite: Byng Arts, Drama 8 and entrance by teacher permission only 
This course allows students additional opportunities to apply the skills they are learning in Drama 9. It includes in-depth scene work, audition practice, script work, special effects and other topics of interest to students who are seriously interested in going on in acting. There may be opportunities for small productions during the year. As well, students must attend three theatre productions per year and write a journal about these productions. Occasional extra curricular rehearsals will be required.
 
Drama 10 (MDRG-10)                                                    
Grades: 10                                                                Focus Area: FA  
Drama 10 is a fast moving course. Students are introduced to playwriting, directing, stage combat, Theatre of the Absurd, and script work. Each student will gain acting experience in a number of comedic and dramatic roles, in scenes and short plays.
Drama 10 may also include units in Musical Theatre, acting for film and a production for elementary schools when time permits. Script memorization is an integral part of the course.
 
Drama 10: Coaching (MDRD-10)                                   
Grades: 10                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Drama 9, Byng Arts, and teacher’s permission 
This is an intensive course for Drama 10 students in leadership, and stage and technical direction. The student is assigned as a coach (teaching assistant) to a Drama 8 or Drama 9 class on timetable, and to stage crew and directing assignments off-timetable. These students are required to direct junior students in an extra curricular theatre project. They will also be featured in a scene showcase.
 
Drama: Film Actors Process 11/12 (MDFT-11/MDFT-12)
Grades: 11 and 12
Prerequisites: Previous experience in Drama and/or Media Arts at the Grade 9 level, Grade 10 recommended. Offered in alternative years with Theatre Performance: Acting 11/12.
Have you ever watched a movie actor and thought "I could do that!"  Well, now you can.  Although the professionals make it look easy, technique and technical knowledge specific to film is a must for actors.  This class will guide you through the Film Actor's process, from getting an agent, getting on set and knowing what to do once you are there.  Learn auditioning techniques, how to analyse a film script, adjusting from theatre to film, acting for commercials, and the styles of local television productions.  Special attention will be given to the unique acting skills required on on-camera acting:  continuity blocking eye lines and close-ups, hitting your marks, scene arcs, pacing, organic choices, and much more.  You will also experience how the role of actor fits into the larger world of filmmaking, from casting directors to editors, from stunt doubles to directors.  Local industry professionals will work alongside the Media Arts program, collaborating with film students on your own movie projects, with the possibility of film festival submissions.  This class is equally suitable for those pursuing a career in acting, as well as those who are creatively focused and eager to explore!
 
Theatre Company 11 (YVPA-1Q)                                   
Grades: 11                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Byng Arts; A strong background in drama (Drama 8, 9, and 10), permission of the instructor, and a successful audition. Enrolment is limited.
Corequisite: Includes Theatre Company 11 and Theatre Performance 11
Supplemental Supplies: TBA  
Theatre Company is an intensive production program for career-minded acting students and those who seek a challenge beyond that usually offered at the secondary level. The highest standards of work and dedication are required.
Students become members of a production company that stages a large number of productions each year. Each student plays a variety of roles as actor, director and technician. The wide range of productions includes comedies, tragedies, musicals and original compositions. In addition, students have extensive exposure to field professionals, workshops, festivals and conferences.
 
Theatre Company 12 (YVPA-2M)                                  
Grades: 12                                                                                            
Prerequisite: Byng Arts; strong background in drama (Drama 8, 9, and 10), permission of the instructor, and a successful audition. Enrolment is limited.
Corequisite: Includes Theatre Company 12 and Theatre Performance 12
Supplemental Supplies: TBA  
Theatre Company is an intensive production program for career-minded acting students and those who seek a challenge beyond that usually offered at the secondary level. The highest standards of work and dedication are required. Theatre Company puts special emphasis on orienting students to post-secondary programs and the profession through counselling and audition coaching.
Students become members of a production company that stages a large number of productions each year. Each student plays a variety of roles as actor, director and technician. The wide range of productions includes comedies, tragedies, musicals and original compositions. In addition, students have extensive exposure to field professionals, workshops, festivals and conferences.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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