ADA 101 Grade 9 Drama
This is an introductory Drama Course that covers the skills that will be expanded on and explored in later courses. Some of the units of study include: Movement and Mime, Original script-writing (scenes and monologues), Improv and Scene-Study. No previous Drama experience is necessary.
ADA 201 Grade 10 Drama
This is also an introductory Drama course but no major projects from Grade 9 Drama are repeated – they are expanded upon instead. E.g., the final exam is the performance of a One Act play rather than a two-person Scene-study. Some of the units of study include: Voice and Radio Plays, Monologues from existing scripts, Ritual and Stage Combat.
ADA 3M1 Grade 11 Drama
This is the course that progresses from Grade 10 Drama. It is much more in depth in terms of actor training and becoming real and believable on stage in your performances. Several styles of acting and various time-periods will be covered. Some of the units of study include: Contemporary Monologues, Clown, Theatre of the Absurd, Melodrama and the Theatre of Realism (1890 – 1910)
ADG 301 Grade 11 Acting (Improvisation)
This course focuses exclusively on Improvisation and Script-Writing. You will learn and practice effective techniques for partner improv scenes, create original characters that re-cur in 'Long-Form Improv Sets' and construct, script and perform a full-length play that comes out of a character-based, improvised rehearsal process.
ADC 3M1 / 4M1 Grade 11 and Grade 12 (Split Class) Drama in the Community
(The major school play. Not offered until the 2013/2014 School Year)
This main school production will be a non-musical play. If you are interested in being a part of the play, you need to select it on your option sheet next year. Auditions for specific roles will be held in March of 2013. This course consists of rehearsing and producing a full length play to be performed for the community.
METAMORPHOSES ( 2011/2012 )
ADB 3M1 / 4M1 Music Theatre Production Grade 11 and Grade 12 (Split Class)
(The main-stage school production for next year)
Next year the main-stage theatrical production for the school will be a Musical. If you are interested in performing in the show, you need to select it on your option sheet. Auditions for specific roles will be held in March of 2012. This course consists of rehearsing and producing a full length Musical to be performed for the community.
INTO THE WOODS (2010 / 2011)
ADA 4M1 Grade 12 Drama
This is the course that progresses from Grade 11 Drama (ADA 3M1). It is modeled on a first year University Actor training program. Some of the units of study include; Shakespeare (Monologues), Commedia D'ell Arte (improvised comic shows focusing on 'stock' characters) and Film and Television Acting. The course will culminate in the production of a full-length contemporary Canadian Play.
The Sears Drama Festival is a One-Act Play competition held all across Ontario in the Spring. Each year, the Drama Dept. produces one play which is performed for student audiences at our school, then 'taken on the road' to be entered in the Sears competition at a Host School in the Durham Region.
KUKOO by Ryan Eastman (2010)
FOR SANE AND OBVIOUS REASONS by Peter Wray (2011)
FAUST (An original, contemporary student adaptation of the classic play) (2012)
*Currently in rehearsals
The Improv Club
The Improv Club meets once a week during lunch in the Drama Room. Come out to get a chance to perform on stage or just to enjoy watching from the audience. New members are always welcome.
The Improv Team
The Improv team performs regularly at assemblies and other venues at U.S.S. and is working towards taking part in Improv competitions in the Durham region. Open rehearsals take place once a week during the lunch period in the Drama room. A large audience is always welcome and encouraged to come and check it out.