The Drama Program offers students the opportunity for creative discovery and expression. Drama teaches life skills: self-confidence, improved speech, creative problem solving, and teamwork.
Junior students showcase their acting, singing and dancing talents in small class or grade productions throughout the year. They may also participate in some Drama lessons with the Senior School Drama teacher throughout the year.
The Senior School puts on one major drama production per year. Most recently, the York Rose Players presented The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Previous productions have included The Addams Family Musical, Midsummer Jersey, Legally Blonde, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Girls of the Garden Club, Wizard of Oz, Arrivals and Departures, So Much to Tell You, 7 Stories, and Fame.
Drama coursework in the Senior School involves role-play, devising and performing theme-based scenes and published scripts, exploring various theatre styles, and understanding the different elements and conventions of drama. Students build skills in improvisation, body and voice work, character development, mime, and vocal expression while rehearsing both student-written and published.
Scene study involves classical and contemporary scripts from Restoration Comedy, Greek Theatre, Shakespeare, American Classics, and Contemporary Canadian Theatre.
Scene study involves classical and contemporary scripts from Restoration Comedy, Greek Theatre, Shakespeare, American Classics, and Contemporary Canadian Theatre. Students may also have the opportunity to study acting, scriptwriting, and production in a variety of theatre styles including Realism, Melodrama, Commedia Del’Arte, Documentary Drama and Verbatim Theatre.