Grade 12 Drama (ADA4M1)
Unit One - Henry V
Students begin to work as a theatre ensemble by revisiting exercises on trust, movement, teamwork and improvisation. Following, we will experiment with Shakespeare's Henry V to explore themes of war and duty.
Alex Hasselll in Henry V at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Unit Two -Shaping a Theme into a Theatrical Style
We will study different styles of theatre such as Naturalism, Realism, Absurdism, Commedia Del'Arte, Kabuki, Children's Theatre, Mime, and, if we have time, Musical Theatre.
Unit Three - Acting Styles and Theatre Teachers
With this unit, we will explore theatre teachers such as Meisner, Strasberg, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Johnstone, Rodenberg. We will culminate with a scene study from famous Canadian or Twentieth Century playwrights.
Unit Four - Play writing (Curriculum A)
or, Scripts from 'The Pitch' assignment (Curriculum B)
Using a method that I have found to be not only effective for devising theatre but also helpful in reviewing and gaining further experience with improvisations, students will dive into the RSVP method. The RSVP method was first coined by Lawrence Halprin (and architect) and his wife Anna (a ballerina). Using a cycle, much like that of the creative process, the Halprins found that creating any work of art required revisiting and reviewing work, reflecting on it and being willing to change it as necessary. On alternate years, because often we have students who choose to take this class twice, we will explore short plays that we studied during our Canadian playwright assignment.