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Program Overview


The Drama program at Louis St. Laurent offers students a sequential acquisition of dramatic skills and the exploration of a variety of theatre disciplines, including: voice and speech, movement, improvisation, playwriting, character, directing, theatre studies, theatre history, and theatre production. Students will develop skills in these disciplines through rehearsal and performance and will also develop an understanding and appreciation of theatre as a traditional art form.

Program Features


Junior High

Drama 7 is an introductory course in theatre and dramatic arts. Emphasis will be placed on developing and working within an ensemble (team/group). Students will explore genres of movement, voice and speech, physical theatre, and storytelling. Appropriate for all ability levels!

In Drama 8, students will continue to build ensemble skills while we explore character work, improv, physical theatre and acting! Through this course, students will hopefully discover more self-confidence, more respect for the talents and opinions of their peers and have a greater engagement with the world around them. At the JH level the aim is to move beyond just teaching students basic skills but teaching them to put aside their fears and believe in themselves with confidence and integrity. Appropriate for all ability levels!

 Drama 9 will expose students to the 6 Dimensions of Drama, diving into each dimension in detail. The goal for Drama 9 students is to discover their inner explorer wherein they are to build self-confidence, respect the variety of talents of their peers, and have a greater respect for the art of theatre. At the JH level the aim is to move beyond just teaching students basic skills by teaching them to put aside their fears and believe in themselves with confidence and integrity. Appropriate for all ability levels!


Senior High

Drama 10 introduces students to basic skills of theatre performance through which they will develop their creativity, communication skills, concentration, and self-confidence. Through the creation and study of a variety of theatre texts, students will focus on movement, speech, improvisation, character, theatre studies, and staging.

Advanced Acting/Musical Theatre/Tech Theatre - Students who are cast members of the LSL Theatre Production are enrolled in Advanced Acting/Musical Theatre. Advanced Acting provides a continuum of theatre experiences that moves well beyond those outlined in Drama 10 MYP/20/30. Advanced Acting expands on the specific skills related to performance as students focus on different roles involved in theatrical performance: the actor, director, designer, dramatist, and technician, both as an individual performer and as a member of a company.

Drama 20 builds on the skills and techniques learned in Drama 10. In addition to continued exploration of movement, speech, improvisation, character, theatre studies, and staging, the component of play-writing is also included in the course. A variety of theatre texts ranging from classical to contemporary will be explored through monologue and scene work.

Advanced Acting/Musical Theatre/Tech Theatre - Students who are cast members of the LSL Theatre Production are enrolled in Advanced Acting/Musical Theatre. Advanced Acting provides a continuum of theatre experiences that moves well beyond those outlined in Drama 10 MYP/20/30. Advanced Acting expands on the specific skills related to performance as students focus on different roles involved in theatrical performance: the actor, director, designer, dramatist, and technician, both as an individual performer and as a member of a company.

Drama 30 is a continuation of the Drama 20 course in greater depth and application. Students will continue to study a variety of texts ranging from classical to contemporary through monologue and scene study. A directing component is added to the class, as students will analyze and direct theatre pieces.

Advanced Acting/Musical Theatre/Tech Theatre - Students who are cast members of the LSL Theatre Production are enrolled in Advanced Acting/Musical Theatre. Advanced Acting provides a continuum of theatre experiences that moves well beyond those outlined in Drama 10 MYP/20/30. Advanced Acting expands on the specific skills related to performance as students focus on different roles involved in theatrical performance: the actor, director, designer, dramatist, and technician, both as an individual performer and as a member of a company.


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Teachers

Junior HighSenior High
Molly DankoVern Slipetz
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