Although students develop basic skills in speech and drama in the Language Arts curriculum in the Elementary School, and are given opportunities to perform on stage in assemblies, the formal study of drama at Saint Maur does not begin until Grade 6.
In the first year of Middle School, students develop their own short play as skills of voice and movement are reinforced. In Grade 7, students are introduced to script analysis and develop a performance based on a drama text. This is also when they are introduced to the resources in our control room, as they are encouraged to consider how the stagecraft elements of lighting and sound can enhance the performance of a drama text.
High School & Advanced Study
From Grade 8 to Grade 10, students have the option of continuing their study of drama at a higher level. The Grade 8 options course lasts for one year and entails a more formal study of voice and physicality. In the second semester, students mount a production for performance. By Grades 9 and 10, students have the opportunity to delve even deeper into their study of drama by taking the IGCSE Drama course. Accredited by Cambridge International Examinations, this course requires students to develop two solo and two group performances which are submitted to examiners in the United Kingdom. In addition, students must study a drama text in detail and develop further dramatic material from three stimuli in preparation for a written examination at the end of Grade 10.
Clubs & Beyond
In addition to the formal courses offered in Grades 6 through 10, the Drama Department also offers opportunities for students to act, direct, stage manage, or design stagecraft elements for productions through participation in either the Middle School or High School drama clubs, both of which create one full production a year. The High School drama club tackles challenging work, alternating between new interpretations of classical works and contemporary theatre. On top of this, there are also opportunities for students to showcase their acting skills within the framework of the KPASSP Speech Contest, an annual event involving all international schools in the Kanto Plain area. Several students have continued their study of drama after leaving Saint Maur and are now working professionally in the theatre industry.