Memorial boasts an exciting, vibrant and varied drama program. Through hands-on experiences the students will develop basic acting skills and performance techniques, while also developing a deep sense of community within our “theatrical family”. Students may wish to enroll in more than one class in order to achieve extra credits. Come join in the fun of Memorial Drama!
All students at Memorial Composite High School are eligible to audition for Drama Department Productions, regardless of their experience or course-work in drama. The Drama Department regularly produces One Act Plays in the spring, which are brought to Drama Festival for competition. Students interested in participating in set design, set construction, sound, and costumes are also invited to participate.
Drama 10 (3 credits)
A practical and theoretical course in creative drama. Students engage in an Orientation Unit, which introduces basic dramatic techniques and provides a level of comfort in the classroom. Units include:
- Theatre Studies
- Introductory Scene Study
Drama 20 (5 credits)
Introduces students to a deeper level of commitment to their personal artistic development. Students engage in theatre studies in several practical forms. Areas covered include:
- Critical Play Analysis
- Stage Fighting
- Shakespearean Scene Study
Drama 30 (5 credits)
Uses and builds upon all of the skills and techniques acquired in Drama 10 and 20. Students develop acting and directorial skills through Monologue and Scene Study work culminating in their participation in a major production. Students have the opportunity to take on a variety of roles including:
- Stage Manager
Musical Theatre 15, 25, 35 (5 credits)
For the first time ever, Memorial is thrilled to offer a Musical Theatre course. This dynamic, active course will incorporate all elements of musical theatre - acting, singing, and dance - to encourage the development of true “triple threat” performers. This is a full year course which will culminate in the production of a springtime musical in Memorial’s new Torchlight Theatre.
Advanced Acting & Touring (Drama Production)
Students involved in this course will be part of the ensemble responsible for putting on our main stage production at Horizon Stage. Students will work with members of the professional theatrical community to create a truly unique and exciting performance experience. The troupe will also create and present other productions for the community outside the school environment. Auditions for this full year course are held in June and early September. It runs all year and students can receive 5 credits. Credit is given as Advanced Acting and Touring 15, 25, 35. This course will be outside normal school hours.
This course is offered at lunch time for those individuals interested in representing Memorial at Improv tournaments such as the Canada Improv Games and the Northern Alberta Improv League. This is a fun filled, high energy group that focuses on performance. Interested students need to contact Mr. Tokarsky in early September.
Students interested in the technical aspects of the theatre - lighting, sound, set construction and stage management - might like to join the Memorial Tech Team. Contact Mr. Tokarsky for further information.
Extra credits can be earned in these two special projects.