Liz Jung / Edge reporter
Drama classes are working hard to prepare for their semester ending showcases in January. There will be ten plays presented over three nights on January 14 to January 16. Most plays are student-led, allowing more students to be involved in a variety of ways.
The grade 9 and 10 drama classes perform plays by grade 12 writing and directing students.
The acting 11 plays “are all comedy type, so sometimes the comedies are silly and meant to engage laughter, but some of them are more dramatic but humorous because the humour is more realistic to laugh at,” said Justin Maller, drama teacher.
Throughout the course, students work to become stronger actors and directors, but also stronger individuals according to Maller.
Eric Kim, grade 10, says that he has “improved most on improv and how to make motions looks natural on stage.” His facial expressions improved drastically through this experience.
This year is the second year taking drama for Kim and he feels very true to himself when he is on the stage with his peers acting. On stage, there is this “ecstatic feeling you cannot get from anywhere else” making Kim constantly come back for it.
“Most students are very nervous but also excited when they come to their first class,” says Maller. They come in with the nervousness because they are in a class with many people they might know, but also very excited to perform on stage.
Drama classes do not learn from textbooks but rather learn from their experience. Maller said that most times, they would “work in groups or ensemble and build leadership through this process.”
Kim would suggest drama class to “someone who is not confident and are timid” because it allows them to express their thought through acting, but also getting used to stage making people feel more comfortable presenting in front of others.
He also thinks that as long as anyone is willing to put their most effort and participation, they would enjoy the course and make good memories.
“Students are putting lots of effort into putting the show,” said Maller. Students are practicing hard to deliver their emotions to the audience but also “putting a lot of thinking into how they could enhance their acting,” said Kim.
The drama showcase is open to everyone who is wondering how much the students have grown as actors and directors, but also to those who are willing to be supportive to the students on and off stage.