Dynamic, stimulating, challenging and rewarding — that’s how we describe the curricular drama and theatre program at UCC. Boys learn tremendous skills, namely, how to be participants, critics and creators of theatre.
Drama classes begin in Year 9. This course provides opportunities for students to explore dramatic forms, conventions and techniques, while using a variety of dramatic sources from various cultures. They learn to reflect and make use of research in creating their work. They complete the year by devising an original contemporary piece of theatre making creative use of the skills developed throughout the year.
Year 10 Theatre shifts to the art of theatre, where students are introduced to the demands of the theatre space in producing shows, while considering all technical aspects. They devise original productions as a result of in-depth analysis of Shakespeare, Chekhov and Canadian playwrights. They develop stage-combat work and staging considerations to advance the story, and make use of theorists and theatre practitioners in refining their work.
Year 11 and Year 12 Theatre classes focus on international mindedness as they devise, direct, design and perform original presentations based on various theatre traditions and theorists. They focus on the role of the dramaturge as they apply research to their work, direct shows, and design sets and lighting for their work.
Judith Macdonell — Arts Chair and Theatre coordinator
Co-ordinator: Dr. Dale Churchward.
See a photo gallery from the 2017 co-curricular production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream