Stay tuned for information on our Spring 2017 production!
Webber Academy Drama programme blends both theory and practice to create a hands-on experience for students from Grade 7 to 12. The programme facilitates students to acquire knowledge of oneself and others by developing competency in communication skills though participation and exploration from various dramatic disciplines. An appreciation and discourse for drama as an art form is promoted through field trips to theatre performances and course work.
At a junior high level, drama is compulsory for all grade sevens and runs twice every six day cycle. As an introductory year, the programme works towards developing confidence through creating a safe learning environment that promotes student participation. Both the Grade 8 and 9 programmes are optional. These programmes further develop drama concepts. Grade 8 primarily develops voice associated skills while the Grade 9 programme investigates skills required for acting.
Drama Club is offered to Grade 7 to 9 students as an extracurricular programme after school. Students interested in acting, stage management, technical theatre, prop development, and advertising can take part in running a full theatre production. Auditions are held early September for all positions. Open to all junior high students with or without drama experience.
Webber Academy’s Senior High Drama 10, 20 and 30 programmes explore all the exciting parts of Drama such as movement, improvisation, voice, acting, theatre history, technical theatre and directing. There are many opportunities for students to perform such as the Drama 10 Improv Tournament and the popular Theatre for Young Audience performance for the elementary students. In Drama 20, students expand their skill set and performance opportunities and also lead the Puppet Theatre/Elementary drama workshops. Drama 30 students delve deeper into the study of acting theories but are also challenged by the Drama 30 Directing Projects where their artistic vision shines through directing their own show. Each class in Senior High culminates in a student directed final project where students form a production company and learn the strategies of production management and marketing involved. Throughout their Senior High drama experience, students are given the opportunity to learn about technical theatre across all units with our beautiful Webber Academy Performing Arts Centre Facility.
Webber Academy also offers Advanced Acting which is an enriched course designed for students who want to extend their study in drama performance and build on existing skills. An advanced course in acting for the stage, the main goal of this programme is to afford students the opportunity to gain real, professional stage experience. It is a full immersion programme where the majority of the learning takes place by working through an entire production from play selection to script analysis to rehearsal to performance. The overall goal is to create a public production that showcases the mastery of the various skills involved in acting for the stage.
The Technical Theatre Programme at Webber Academy is an advanced course in Technical Theatre. The main goal of this programme is to afford students the opportunity to gain hands-on technical stage experience with practical application of skills. It is a full immersion programme where the majority of the learning takes place by working through an entire production from research to design concept to production. Technical theatre students focus on the components of production such as costume, lighting, makeup, business management, house management, stage management, properties, set and sound. The overall goal is to create a public production that showcases the mastery of the various skills involved in technical theatre.