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Grade 6 Assessment

After learning about stage skills (voice, movement, exaggeration, emotion and stage positioning) and 5-step story structure (setting, characters, problem, stakes, solution), it is finally time to put it all together! Grade 6 students have begun their first major assessment, which involves writing, rehearsing and performing a short play for the class using all of the skills we have learned throughout the unit. The main goal of this performance is effective communication with the audience.

Here are the students hard at work writing script outlines:

White Horse Theatre

On Tuesday, Europe-based theatre company White Horse Theatre visited CISB and performed one of their original plays The Dark Lord and the White Witch for all grade 6 Theatre Arts classes. This company specializes in educational theatre and travels all around the world performing for students from nursery to grade 12. The students were treated to a one-hour performance by four talented actors and then had the opportunity to ask the performers questions about the play and their careers in theatre. To top off a great morning, each homeroom class got their picture taken with the actors up on stage. The performance was a fantastic addition to the expanding Theatre Arts Program at CISB!

Check out the photos below, taken by the CISB IT Department:

New Grade 8 Unit – Physical Theatre

Grade 8 students are tackling a new form of theatre this week: physical theatre. Today we discussed status and how we show status relationships on stage through body language, gesture, mime, levels and voice. Students took part in a drama activity that uses numbers on cards to indicate a character’s status. All students were given a card, but instructed not to look at the number. Students then interacted using only body language/ mime (and later, voice), treating people according to their status. As students gained an understanding of their own statuses through other students’ physical interactions with them, they took on the traits of a character with his or her assumed status. Students were then asked to arrange themselves in order from lowest to highest status. This was an excellent exercise to demonstrate how our physicality and vocal choices play a key role in portraying a status relationship on stage.

This activity was adapted from the following two websites:

Improv Olympics

This week the grade 8 students completed their first performance assessment for the unit Yes, And! (Improvisation). This involved competing in the Improv Olympics! The two events students were assessed on were The Waiting Game and Scenes from a Hat. Both performances involved students performing 2-minute scenes on the spot (without a script) with very minimal preparation time. Students rose to this difficult challenge and performed scenes that were interesting and entertaining to the audience! Students also earned points for these performances. After tallying points for all events, the winning team was Hair of the Girls (HOT G). Not far behind was 2nd place team, Zushi.

Congratulations to all improv performers. Have a great Holiday!

CISB now a member of ISTA!

Did you know that CISB has recently become a member of the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA)? We are thrilled to be a part of this association, which provides a multitude of theatre opportunities for students and teachers such as theatre festivals, professional development and and an Artist-in-Residence program! This is a big step in the development of the Theatre Arts Program at CISB. Though we are new to this association, we are looking forward to taking full advantage of all ISTA has to offer our students and teachers.

The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth – First Rehearsal

Yesterday, the cast list for The The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth went up and the CISB StageCats did their first read-thru of Act 1! With 30 students in the cast and almost 20 students working backstage, it is sure to be a busy and exciting 8 weeks of rehearsal. The show opens at the end of November! Check this blog regularly for updates on the rehearsal process.


The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth
by Patrick Connolly & Angela Knowles


JUDGE DURDEN – stern and intelligent; eager to banish Nonpersons Martyna Pekala
ELIZABETH WARREN (Present) – accused in court of being a Nonperson  Sophie Ness
ELIZABETH WARREN (Past) – the various “versions” of the character in flashbacks Bella Ness
PARIS  HALE, ESQUIRE – charismatic lawyer “for the good of the community”  Nicole Teo
MARTHA  LUMPKY – the noble, nervous lawyer defending Elizabeth Anna Zhao
CHARLIE BATES – Elizabeth’s best-friend; victim of the “crime”  Vince Ma
ALICE – Witness #1 Keana Kormylo
ARTHUR – Witness #2 Qirui Wu
ABAGAILWitness #3 Paulina Jaroscenka
MR. WARREN – Elizabeth’s father Sean Li
MRS. WARREN – Elizabeth’s mother Carolina Liu
MRS. BATES – Charlie’s mother; hysterical about her son’s condition SiYun Joung
MIA BATES – Charlie’s younger sister Elizabeth Han
BILL – experienced court bailiff Samuel Tung
BOB – inexperienced court bailiff Tony Wang
SALLY – the courtroom stenographer; a real train wreck Lucia Alvarez Garcia
IAN – juror; stands up for what he believes in Abadi Alshehri
MALICIA  juror; missed her vacation; eager to banish Nonpersons Sunny Meng
JAZZY – juror; eager to banish Nonpersons Serena Lau
PETUNIA – juror; eager to banish Nonpersons Olivia Ou
ROSE – juror; eager to banish Nonpersons Jane Ling
CELIA – juror; eager to banish Nonpersons Stella Yuan
TOM – juror; eager to banish Nonpersons Arzum Li
JERRY – juror; eager to banish Nonpersons Lawrence Han
FELICITY – juror; eager to banish Nonpersons Renee Zhang
CHARITY – juror; eager to banish Nonpersons Sophia Deng
HOPE – juror; eager to banish Nonpersons Kana Hsu
PRUDENCE – juror; eager to banish Nonpersons Angel Liu
ESTER – juror; eager to banish Nonpersons Isabella Liang
PRINCE – juror; eager to banish Nonpersons Andy Geng


Thank You from the Selfie Cast

The cast and crew of Selfie by Bradley Hayward would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to come and see the production last week. It was a great success, with 2 sold-out shows! We hope to see you at our next CISB StageCats production, opening at the end of November.

This Week in Grade 6 Theatre

It was a great week in Grade 6 Theatre as we continued learning skills that will help us communicate with an audience effectively! Students performed mini-plays in which they had to express a specific emotion through their voice, body language and facial expression. Students also started drawing their own set designs.

It’s Show Week!

CISB StageCats’ production of Selfie by Bradley Hayward opens this Tuesday, September 20th at 6 pm.

Over the past 3 weeks, the 8 talented young cast members have been working hard to bring Selfie to life. They’ve explored the characters’ struggles and triumphs by drawing personal connections and by experimenting with the concepts of change and personal growth.

We are very excited to share this powerful story with our audiences.

If you have not purchased your ticket yet, there are still some available at the CISB front desk for only 20 RMB!

Show Times:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20th
  • Thursday, Sept. 22nd
  • Friday, Sept. 23rd

All shows begin at 6 pm in the CISB auditorium. See you there!

“Life is not about what other people see. It’s about the picture you have of yourself.”