Upper School Dramatic Arts

Some of the highlights from the 2008-2009 school year in the Dramatic Arts are:

  • Grade 3 Students study and perform Readers’ Theatre in November.
  • Grade 6 students incorporated drama into their units of inquiry and perform a series of “TV Commercials’ at the Winter Concert as they study how advertising reflects people’s culture, beliefs and values”.
  • Grade 7 and 8 students performed an original play written by Geoff Tsang entitled “Blue Harvest” at the Winter Concert
  • Grade 9 students studied theatre history and perform a piece of Greek Theatre
  • Grade 10 students studied World Puppetry. Inspired by this, they will construct and perform with giant puppets for the November 6 and 7 production of “The Good Woman of Szewan”
  • Grade 11 and 12 students directed, produced and performed in the November 6 and 7 production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Good Woman of Szewan”
  • Grade 11 and 12 students produced and presented “The Experiment”. Theatre Arts IB students created, produced and performed an original theatrical piece after spending 30 hours overnight in the drama studio. Along with Grade 12 students who performed Eugene Ionesco’s radical and topical play “The Leader”, this original piece was performed on Sept,27 at 6pm in the Leo Lee Arts Centre
  • Grade 12 students who studied directing presented, “Theatre BITES!” – Modern Theatre Lunch shows in the new drama studio on Oct,2. Works included scenes from “Waiting for Godot”, “Terminal”, “Death of a Salesman”, “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!”, and “The Emperor Jones”
  • The Grade 11 IB class traveled to Bangkok this November to attend the International Schools Theatre Association to study theatre with renowned practitioners
  • The Grade 11 and 12 classes attended the production of “Waiting for Godot” on October 30

Students who do not take the Theatre Arts as a course, also have the chance to experience life on stage with the annual Upper School musical. In the 2007-2008 season, the Upper School produced Honk, Jr., a widely acclaimed success, which involved almost 100 students. In the 2008-2009 season, the production team, made up of teachers, parents, IB students and community performers were involved a wide range of students in the musical production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr..

All students at CDNIS are given the opportunity to get involved in a variety of dramatic performances throughout the school year, including Winter Concerts, Evening of the Arts and the annual Upper School musical.