Melodrama Final Performances

Yesterday, after 3 weeks of hard work, 9Wu performed their original melodrama plays for their classmates and other grade 9 students! One play dealt with a villain seeking revenge on a train, another explored tax fraud and a secret plot to expose a powerful company and the last was a Star Wars melodrama! All very exciting, entertaining and unique ways of using melodrama conventions and style. Here are a few photos of the performances:

Improv Olympics Winners & Melodrama Script Writing

Before the holiday, Grade 8 students took part in the Improv Olympics, which also served as their Unit 1 final assessment performance. This week, the winners were announced! Congratulations to the improv champs and to all the grade 8s for taking on such a challenging style of theatre. Check out the winners below:

This week, the Grade 9s started their final melodrama assessment. They are currently in the script-writing phase and will soon begin rehearsing their original plays. These plays will be performed in front of an invited audience in a few weeks! Here are some shots of play-writing in action, as well as the assessment task guidelines:

The Original Drama Queens – Melodrama Assessment Tasks


LIVE Cast List

The cast list for CISB StageCats’ production of LIVE has officially been released. This is StageCats’ second production of the season, set for November 24th and 25th. With 47 actors and over 20 backstage members, it is sure to be an exciting and rewarding experience for all involved. Check out the list below:


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:


Welcome to a brand new school year CISB students! Now is the perfect time to set goals, get involved and commit to being the best student you can be! We are so excited for all the awesome things we have in store for the theatre department this year.

First trimester, all grade 8 students will be taking the theatre portion of MYP Fine Arts. Our first unit, called Yes, And…, focuses on the theatrical style of improvisation. Students learn improv strategies through improv games, exercises and examples. The final assessment, the Improv Olympics, consists of multiple improv performances or “events.” Our second unit, Movement is Magic, centers on physical theatre and involves an exciting Service as Action project in which students must create plays for a grade 6 audience.

Grade 9s will be taking part in a unit called The Original Drama Queens. In this unit, students learn all about how to perform and structure a melodrama. They explore stock characters, plot, melodrama gestures, asides and acting style. This unit culminates in a final performance of short, original melodrama plays.

In Grade 10, Theatre students will build communication and creative thinking skills through two major units of study. First, the class will learn the elements of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) to explore ways we can create and understand characters through movement. After that, the majority of the semester will be focused on a unit called “Characters in Context” – during which students will inquire into an Italian theatre style called Commedia dell’Arte. Overall, these two units are connected by a major through-line that emphasizes physicality over personality. What this means is that, throughout the semester, students will learn to build characters from the outside first – starting with the body and exploring how one’s physical character influences their personality.

The CISB StageCats are in full swing with the first small-cast show, Waiting in the Wings, beginning rehearsals this Wednesday. This original show is a collaborative piece between StageCats directors and students, and was workshopped last May and June. The production opens on Wednesday, September 20th at 7pm with additional shows on Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd. Stay tuned for details on how to get tickets to this unique theatrical experience. For those interested in becoming a StageCat, check us out at the ASA Fair or come and see Ms. Knowles in E213 at any time for more info.

Important CISB Theatre Info:

  1. Our hashtags on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
  • #CISBtheatrearts – academic/ class-related
  • #CISBstagecats – after-school Drama, Glee & pocket performances
  • #StageCatsInTheWings – our current production hashtag, which changes with each production
  1. Teachers
  • Ms. Knowles – Grades 6-9 MYP Theatre, StageCats Drama & Glee
  • Mr. Connolly – Grade 10 MYP Theatre, StageCats Drama
  • Mrs. Mackenzie – StageCats Drama & Glee
  • Ms. Dickinson – StageCats Drama

To find out more about the CISB Theatre teachers and their specific roles in theatre at CISB, please check out the teacher page under “About”.

Again, welcome! Here’s to another amazing year of Theatre! 🙂

Waiting in the Wings Cast/ Crew

First meeting for small-cast show Waiting in the Wings