Rehearsals in Grade 6

All Grade 6 students are hard at work on their original plays! This assessment is the culmination of our unit “Is Anybody Out There” which focuses on stage skills and story structure. Play topics range from an evil principal enforcing ridiculous rules to bank heist to traveling back to the time of the dinosaurs. It is sure to be an entertaining week of performances!

Drama Queens

On Tuesday, March 13th, 9Young performed two original short melodrama plays, The Secret Life of CISB Students and Spotlight to an audience of grade 6, 9 and 10 students. After learning all about melodrama conventions (such as stock characters and asides) in our unit Drama Queens, students were given the task of creating a modern-day melodrama. This allowed them to further explore our statement of inquiry, “the techniques and systems of a genre can transfer through time and space”. The performers received very positive feedback from audience members. Fantastic work, 9Young!

Solo Performances – Behind the Mask

Last Thursday, March 8th, all grade 7 students performed solo for the interdisciplinary unit Behind the Mask (Theatre, English Language & Literature and English Language Acquisition). Students were challenged to write original pieces from the perspective of a character from American Born Chinese or Iqbal, showing both the inner and outer personas of the charactersStudents then rehearsed these original works in theatre class, using mask performance skills to convey the different sides of their chosen character’s personality.

Students performed to their peers, as well as parents and teachers. It was great to see so much support from the CISB community! All grade 7 students should be proud of the hard work they put into bringing these characters to life through mask. Well done!


Behind the Mask Rehearsal

The grade 7s have been working diligently on their solo performances for their interdisciplinary unit (IDU) Behind the Mask. This is a unit between Drama, English Language and Literature and English Language Acquisition. Performances are set for this Thursday, March 8th in the black box classroom E213!

Take a look at rehearsal in action:

StageCats begin their journey down the yellow brick road…

January is always an exciting time for the CISB StageCats! The musical has been announced and it is time for auditions, callbacks, casting and first rehearsals. After taking audiences on a journey through the social-media crazed world of LIVE, the backstage drama of Waiting in the Wings and the rock ‘n’ roll re-discovery of We Will Rock You, the StageCats are ready for a new challenge –  the beloved, classic musical The Wizard of Oz! If you would like to follow what is sure to be a whirlwind experience, here are our hashtags:

  • #TheStageCatsOfOz
  • #CISBstagecats

Also, for a sneak peek at who will be playing your favorite roles, check out the cast list below.

We’re off to see the wonderful Wizard of Oz! 🙂

The Wizard of Oz CAST LISTThe Wizard of Oz CAST LIST Pg. 2

StageCats at BWYA Speecheasy

4 of our seasoned StageCats competed in the BWYA Speechwasy last weekend. Sean Li and Bella Ness performed a scene called Ms. Spitspot’s Spic-and-Span Playplace and Anna Zhao and Carolina Liu performed select scene from StageCats’ recent production of Live. Both teams performed very well in all 3 rounds of the High School Division. In the end, CISB won 2nd place overall as a team along with the Middle and High School Debate Society. Great work StageCats and Debate Society!

Trimester 2

We are two and a half weeks into the new trimester and it has been an action-packed, fun-filled 12 days. Both grade 7 and grade 9 students took part in a variety of team-building drama activities in order to build trust and community in the classroom. Students also brushed up on their basic stage skills such as vocal projection, expression and stage positioning, and gave valuable feedback to their peers on these same skills. Now we are diving into our first units! The grade 7 unit, Behind the Mask, focuses on mask performance skills and the concept of inner and outer personas; this is an interdisciplinary unit with English Language and Literature and English Language Acquisition. Grade 9s will be exploring the melodrama genre in their unit Drama Queens. In this unit, students will learn melodrama elements such as stock characters, melodrama gestures and asides while also inquiring into how the techniques of a genre can transfer through time. Below are the unit outlines for both grade 7 and grade 9:

Behind the Mask:

Statement of Inquiry – Individuals communicate and interpret public and private identity depending upon the situation

Key Concept – Communication

Related Concepts (arts) – Interpretation

Global Context – Identities and Relationships

Inquiry Questions (arts)
What skills are required to perform in mask effectively? (factual)
Do masks change the relationship between audience and performer? (debatable)

Drama Queens:

Statement of Inquiry – The techniques and systems of a genre can transfer through time and space

Key concept – Time, place and space

Related Concepts – Genre

Global Context – Scientific and Technical Innovation

Inquiry Questions –
What is a genre? (factual)
How do the techniques of a genre transfer through time? (conceptual)
The what extent does time/ space impact the techniques of a genre? (debatable)

Here are some pictures of the first two weeks of trimester 2: