Asides + Scenes from a Hat

The Grade 9s are continuing their melodrama unit this week by learning about how to incorporate asides into a script. An aside is a short or long speech delivered by an actor directly to the audience; it is used to reveal the inner thoughts of the character, and other characters onstage are not aware of the contents of the speech. Below are some action shots of the aside writing/ rehearsal process:

The Grade 8s are bringing all of the improv skills they learned throughout the unit together in a performance game called “Scenes from a Hat.” In this game, students are given a general topic and must plan an improv scene in only one minute! It is very challenging, but a great way to show understanding of improv skills and 5-step scene structure.


Waiting in the Wings – A StageCats Collaboration

Have you ever wondered what it’s like backstage before the big show?  The CISB StageCats invite you to join them behind the red curtain for a unique theatre experience:

A mysterious group of backstage spirits haunting the auditorium…

A stressful stage-manager making sure everything’s ready to go…

A dreamy director giving instructions no one understands…

And two actors who just can’t get their perfect KISS…

Will they be able to perfect their love story before the curtain opens?

Join us in the wings of the CISB Auditorium to find out on September 20th, 22nd and 23rd!

CISB StageCats are very proud to present…“Waiting in the Wings” – a collaborative piece created and work-shopped by CISB students! Get your tickets from the Front Desk in the lobby starting Monday, September 4th.

See you backstage!

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MYP Theatre Class Update!

Both grade 8 and 9 classes have been delving into their Theatre units this week!

Grade 8s have been inquiring into how to use improv techniques like accepting, advancing and making offers to tell a creative and interesting story to the audience. They have been taking part in collaborative performances like Sound Effects and Freeze. Check out some action shot below!

Grade 9 students have been exploring melodrama this week. They are currently working on using melodrama gestures like grief, fear and evil sneaking in a planned improv. Their goal is to use these gestures to reveal more about the characters’ personalities and emotions, as well as to enhance the story. Below are some photos of their skits: