Behind the Mask – IDU

Last Thursday, Grade 7 students performed monologues for their Interdisciplinary Unit Behind the Mask. This performance was the culmination of many weeks of hard work in both English class and Drama class.

For this assessment, each student explored the inner and outer persona of his/ her chosen character by writing a monologue from the character’s perspective (from texts Antigone, Iqbal, or Smile). After writing their masterpieces, students rehearsed their monologues in Drama class, focusing on mask skills such as exaggeration, slow/ clean movement, isolation, and audience contact.

The monologue performances were a great success! Students performed for their fellow classmates, teachers and parents. Performing solo is not an easy task, and we are beyond proud of the courage and poise students showed on stage. We are also impressed that the Grade 7s tackled such a complex, challenging assignment. Great work everyone! 🙂

Check out some of the monologues below:

Commedia Workshop with Mike Pasternak

CISB was very lucky to welcome Mike Pasternak from the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) to the school on February 22. He is an experienced theatre practitioner and educator who works with students of all ages.

Mike conducted a full-day Commedia dell’Arte workshop with Grade 10 Theatre Arts and drama enrichment students. Students learned the history of Commedia, acted out the various Commedia characters and took part in fast-paced, physical drama exercises. Perhaps the most exciting part of the workshop was the opportunity to work with Commedia masks! We are very proud of the students for taking on such a complex and challenging theatre form. A big thanks goes out to Mike Pasternak and ISTA!

Service Learning in the Theatre Arts Classroom

8Bloom was the first class to take part in a Service as Action project in Theatre Arts! Grade 8 students interviewed grade 6 students about issues they face in middle school and then created physical theatre performances inspired by their responses. After performing these short plays for and receiving feedback from all grade 6 classes, the grade 8 students reflected on their overall experience through a short video or blog post. Check them out below:

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WWRY Cast & Crew

 

WE WILL ROCK YOU
CAST and CREW LIST!

GALILEO……………………………………………………..TONY WANG
SCARAMOUCHE…………………………………..…….……BELLA NESS
KILLER QUEEN…………………………………….…MARTYNA PEKALA
KHASHOGGI…………………………………………………..……SEAN LI
OZ………………………………………………………..…..SI YUN JOUNG
BRIT………………………………………………………………….QIRUI WU
BUDDY……………………………………………….…….…SOPHIE NESS

ANNA ZHAO…..………….MADONNA, TEEN QUEEN 1, YUPPIE, GAGA KID
PAULINA JAROSCENKA………………..ARETHA, YUPPIE, GAGA KID
JACOB LEVIN…………………………………….. TEACHER, PUFF, YUPPIE
MYA ZHEN-MICHIE…………..FREDDIE, YUPPIE, TEEN QUEEN, GAGA KID
L.T. CHEN………………………………………SIXX, YUPPIE, GAGA KID
JANE LING……….TEEN QUEEN 2, ELECTRONIC VOICE, YUPPIE, GAGA KID
CAROLINA LIU…………….TEEN QUEEN 4, JACKSON, YUPPIE, GAGA KID
VINCE MA………………………………..QUATRO, YUPPIE, GAGA KID
STELLA YU…………………….…TEEN QUEEN 3, YUPPIE, GAGA KID
MIN SUN KIM…………………….…TEEN QUEEN, YUPPIE, GAGA KID
MEILUN GONG………………………………PAUL, YUPPIE, GAGA KID
MARIKA HOSKOVA………………………BRUCE, YUPPIE, GAGA KID
SOPHIA DENG………………MICHAEL JAGGER, YUPPIE, GAGA KID
KEANA KORMYLO……………………………..……YUPPIE, GAGA KID
LUCIA ALVAREZ GARCIA…………………………YUPPIE, GAGA KID
OLIVIA OU……………………………………………YUPPIE, GAGA KID
SAMUEL TUNG………………………….………………………GAGA KID
TRINA LIN…………………………………………………..……GAGA KID
PATRICIJA JAROSCENKA………………………….…………GAGA KID
ISABELLA LIANG………………………………….……………GAGA KID
ALINA QIU…………….…………………………………………GAGA KID
ARZUM LI…………………………………………………………GAGA KID
SPARSH NAIR……………………………………………………GAGA KID
ANGEL LIU………………………………………………………GAGA KID
ERIN KANG………………………………………………………GAGA KID
ANDY GENG……………………………………….……………GAGA KID
BOB CUI……………………………………………..……………GAGA KID
CHRIS SHI…………………………………………..……………GAGA KID
SERENA LAU……………………………………………………GAGA KID

BACKSTAGE CREW

Stage Managers:

  • SAMUEL LI
  • JENNIE ZHOU

Costumes/ Props/ Makeup:

  • STEPHANIE SONG
  • LOUIS LIN
  • SOPHIA ZHOU
  • AO CHEN
  • SELINA TANG
  • FARRAH YIN
  • KANA HSU
  • JAE LIM KIM

Tech:

  • SAE HEE JEOING
  • JANE HWANG
  • CLAIRE YOU
  • LILY WANG
  • JENNY HE

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!!! 🙂

We Will Rock You Auditions

It’s January…and that means it is the beginning of musical season! Auditions for CISB StageCats’ spring production of We Will Rock You School Edition are in full swing. Students interested in being on stage must show off their talents by performing a short monologue and singing a song. After one round of callbacks, tough decisions will be made and the final cast list will be up! Look for it here or on Ms. Knowles’ classroom door E213 next Wednesday, January 18th.

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Behind the Mask

This week, we started our first unit in Grade 7 called “Behind the Mask.” We are very excited to be partnering with the Language & Literature and Language Acquisition Departments for this unit. After studying texts Antigone (L&L) or Iqbal (LA), learning mask performance skills and exploring the concept of private and public persona, students will  create their own masks and write monologues from the perspective of one of the characters from the text.  So far in the unit (on the theatre side), we have been exploring the concept of social masks through role-playing. We will be learning mask performance techniques next!

Trimester 2 Begins!

It is officially the start of trimester 2. So far, students have been taking part in icebreaker activities and playing drama games to get warmed up for three months of theatre arts! The energy is high, and everyone is excited to engage, create, perform and inquire. If you would like to know specifics about the Theatre Arts 7 & 8 units or look at the course syllabus, check out the MYP Theatre Arts menu.

Below are some candid shots of what we have been doing in drama class this week.