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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Drama

The Program

Drama is a rich art form through which students can develop awareness, heighten perception, learn to manipulate language, explore emotions and improve personal dynamics. It enables students to acquire skills in communication, critical thinking and problem-solving. They gain an understanding of themselves in relationship to others while working on organization, performance and evaluation..

Areas of Study

Students explore the following areas: voice, movement, theatre games, mask, mime, musical theatre, improvisation, stage combat, theatre history, outreach performances, short film production and directing. Each student is required to work on one production in a capacity other than performance. There are a variety of exciting performance opportunities available to students over the course of the school year.  Drama students also have the opportunity to participate in the Canadian Improv Games, the Sears Drama Festivals and various short film competitions.  Drama students also perform in School Liturgies,  Spirit Assemblies and the Black History Assembly in February.

In order to broaden their experience, students regularly work with a variety of guest artists from the professional community in such areas as scene study, script writing, musical theatre, sword work and mask.

Outreach Performances 

As a Catholic arts school, our students explore our faith traditions during the study of Drama. As part of our mandate to share our gifts with the community, our students regularly tour elementary and secondary schools with Outreach Performances. 

Musical Theatre

As a school community, CCAA has produced such musicals as Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, The Music Man, Seussical the Musical, Crazy for You, Footloose and Les Miserables.

As a Drama Department, we have staged such productions as Annie, Godspell, Grease, Side by Side by Sondheim and  Into the Woods.

The Audition

The audition includes a workshop, an interview and the delivery of a monologue from an assigned selection.  A selection of potential monologues will be mailed to the candidate once the application form is submitted to Cardinal Carter.

 

 

Notable Grads
 
David Gerson: Producer (Nick Weschler Films)
Catherine Hernandes:  Actor& Playwright (Sulong Theatre)
Gary Rideout: The Comedy Bar (Owner)
Lesley Kaz: Radio Personality (The Gonzo Show with Kaz and Jay)
Nicholas Carella:   Actor & Producer (True Heroines Entertainment)
Michelle Ouellett: Director & Producer (Hooked on  Speedman)
Anthony Furey: Columnist & Comment Editor (Ottawa Sun)
Mackay Taggert:  Producer The Morning Show with Liza Fromer
Sophia Walker: Stratford Festival
Greg Calderone: Actor (Rogers/This Movie is Broken)
Olivia Duoduo: AfriCan Ensemble
Megan Swaby: Nightwood Theatre
Scott Brown: Glenmore Studio
Sebastian Mersch:  So You Think You Can Dance (Top 10)
Elise Gatschene: International Model

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
In order to broaden their experience, students regularly work with a variety of guest artists from the professional community in such areas as scene study, script writing, musical theatre, sword work and mask