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FINE ARTS

University Hill takes pride in our Fine Arts program.  Art, Music and Theatre combine to deliver an outstanding program of Fine Arts for the benefit of our school and community. 

 

(II)    THEATRE ARTS

Theatre Arts is a thriving program which offers and supports students in a variety of experiences, from introductory or developmental drama, to production and performance based work (Theatre on the Hill, Canadian Improv Games, Theatre Sports, Asbestos Productions, and Film and Television Production 11 and 12). 

DRAMA 9                                                                                                       MDR- -09

This course is open to all students in Grade 9 focuses on creative drama elements intended to build trust, self-confidence, imagina­tion, expressive powers, and con­centration. From there it moves into basic skill building in ensemble work, performance (e.g. vocal work, char­acter building, improvisation, acting, play building, and script analysis) and production, including introducing students to the work of non-acting ensemble members. The course aims also to encourage students in their exploration, understanding, and appreciation of theatre.

 

DRAMA 10: GENERAL                                                                                    MDRG-10

THEATRE PERFORMANCE 11: ACTING                                                       MTPA-11

THEATRE PERFORMANCE 12: ACTING                                                       MTPA-12

 

The Theatre Performance: Acting 11 and 12 courses incorporate cre­ative drama, reviewing fundamentals learned in previous grades and work­ing to build trust, self-confidence, sen­sory awareness, and concentration; however, the emphasis in the senior levels is on ensemble work building to performance, and developing skills in acting and production.  Students assume responsibility in a variety of roles, including directing, researching, writing, and stage managing, in per­formance projects and lessons involv­ing their peers working in Acting 11/12 and Drama 10. Students will extend their knowledge of performance and production to different periods, styles, playwrights, and media, including the­atre, film, television, and radio.

 

THEATRE COMPANY INTERMEDIATE 10                                                       YVPA-0J

Junior Theatre Company is a course for committed students only who wish to work as an ensemble theatre company and develop their creative, performance, and production abilities through the rehearsal, performance, writing and directing processes.  The course involves public performances in touring and main stage settings, requiring some rehearsal and prepa­ration outside class hours. After school rehearsal is absolutely required.unior Theatre Company is a course for committed students only who wish to work as an ensemble theatre company and develop their creative, performance, and production abilities through the rehearsal, performance, writing and directing processes.  The course involves public performances in touring and main stage settings, requiring some rehearsal and prepa­ration outside class hours. After school rehearsal is absolutely required.

 

THEATRE COMPANY 11                                                                                      YVPA-1Q

THEATRE COMPANY 12                                                                                      YVPA-2M

Please refer to Theatre Company 10 above for background descrip­tion. Senior Theatre Company con­tinues the ensemble theatre work of Junior Theatre Company 10. Senior students take on more advanced organization, performance, writing, directing, and production roles, and provide leadership as mentors to the younger students through produc­tions including one act plays, major ensemble shows, and Hillfest. After school rehearsal is absolutely required.

 

DRAMA 9 - THEATRE PRODUCTION 9                                                            MDR- -09

DRAMA 10 - THEATRE PRODUCTION 10                                                       MDRD-10

DRAMA 11- THEATRE PRODUCTION 11                                                        MTPR-11

Theatre Production students work as crew and are an integral part of the Theatre on the Hill ensemble. They must be self-starters and committed team players. Some after school work is required to co-ordinate technical elements of productions (lighting, sound, and costumes), manage shows, and design and construct sets and props.

 

THEATRE PRODUCTION: TECHNI­CAL THEATRE 12                             MTPRT12

Theatre Production students work as crew and are an integral part of the Theatre on the Hill ensemble. They must be self-starters and commit­ted team players. Students will be involved in learning about all techni­cal aspects of designing, constructing, and running a show: lighting, sound, costumes, props, sets, etc. Some after school work each term is mandatory to design and construct shows and co-ordinate technical elements of productions particularly as the crew moves into technical rehearsals, per­formance week, and striking the show after its run. It is expected that grade twelve students will assume leader­ship and mentor younger Technical Theatre students.

 

THEATRE PRODUCTION: THEATRE MANAGEMENT 12                       MTPRM12

Theatre Management students assume responsibility for stage management, promotion, and House management each term. They are an integral part of the Theatre on the Hill ensemble. Theatre Management students must be self-starters, orga­nized, and committed team players who are willing and able to take on significant responsibilities. They will be expected to commit to some after school work each term to ensure that productions are running smoothly and that all deadlines are met. They must also enjoy communication and work­ing closely with a variety of people: directors, actors, audience members, and, of course, crew, designers, and teachers.  It is expected that grade twelve students will assume leader­ship and mentor younger Theatre Management students.

 

THEATRE PERFORMANCE: DIRECTING & SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT 11      MTPDS11

Pre-Requisite Course Required: None, Open to all in grade 10, & 11

Theatre is a collective art and, there­fore, students will learn to work coop­eratively as well as independently on the creation, interpretation, and pro­duction of original scripts. As play­wrights they will write and workshop plays for production, both collective creations as well as independently scripted plays. As well, they will study the role of the director and apply their studies to the practical work of directing and assistant-directing their original one-act plays and larger, ensemble productions. Among the tasks of the director are: interpreting the text (determining the playwright's intent, analyzing the text, develop­ing and communicating a creative interpretation, i.e., the central image and sub world of the play in question);scheduling and running rehearsals, working with actors, management, designers, and technicians; and lead­ing the ensemble into a production of the play in question.

 

THEATRE PERFORMANCE: DIRECT­1NG & SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT 12              MTPDS12

Pre-Requisite Course Required: None, Open to all grade 12

Please refer to MTPDS11. Students in MTPDS 12 will continue to develop their skills in the areas of playwright and directing. They will also be expected to assume leadership in the class and mentor students in MTPDS 11.

 

FILM AND TELEVISON PRODUCTION 11                                            MDFT-11

FILM AND TELEVISON PRODUCTION 12                                            MDFT-12

Film and Television 11 and 12 students extend their understanding of how film and video technologies are used to influence meaning and purpose in film and television works. By examining how film and television images both influence and are influenced by context, students enhance their visual literacy. As they develop this literacy, they gain the understanding needed to create meaningful images (including time, sound, movement, and light) and critique their own work and the work of others. Students gain understanding of how social, cultural, and historical contexts influence the nature and purpose of film and television works. They examine political influences on film and television messages, as well as the economic effects of film and television production in society. Students also assess the impact of film and television production and images on audiences and on society in general. Students learn about the nature of the film and television industry and the roles and responsibilities of people who work within it.

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