This course is for actors, singers and dancers, who would like to broaden their knowledge and experience of musical theatre. Students interested in participating in the Brentwood Musical to be performed in March should register for this course, as class time will be utilized for rehearsals. Principal roles will be decided by audition. Principals will also be required to rehearse on sports afternoons in the second term, and all members of the musical's cast and crew should expect extra rehearsals in the second term, including Sunday afternoons.
Students who have little or no experience in drama but wish to develop skills in improvisational acting and play writing should register for this course. The activities will include mime and improvisational games, the development of original scripts and theatre sports. Students who are willing to participate enthusiastically and take risks will do well in this course. Performances will be ongoing but in a studio situation rather than on the stage.
Acting 11 & 12
This course will develop acting skills and give students opportunities to perform on stage and in front of a camera. Scene studies will introduce students to a variety of theatrical styles: comedy, farce, verse, tragedy, children’s theatre and film; the art of developing a character will be emphasized.
Senior Acting Play
Senior Acting is a practical acting course which culminates in the presentation of a complete theatrical production on the T. Gil Bunch Performing Arts Centre. All senior students are welcome to audition for a part in the play, and those who are not cast in the production are encouraged to join Intermediate Drama in Block 1.
Debate & Public Speaking
This course is ideal for a student in Grade 10 –12 who is interested in improving his or her speaking skills. Students will be involved in a range of activities that includes parliamentary, impromptu and cross-examination debate, persuasive, extemporaneous and after-dinner speaking, and interpretive reading. Students who wish to do so may participate in formal competitions on Vancouver Island and the Mainland. A delegation will also attend the Vancouver Model United Nations conference in January.
Model United Nations
In 2009, in response to student demand, Brentwood established a Model United Nations club. Initially an ancillary of the debate program, Model UN quickly demonstrated its independence and has become a sovereign entity. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems. Our club is unique in that it is student- driven and student-led. New members are mentored by veterans who, in turn, become the teachers for the next year's recruits. The merit of this approach has been exonerated by one of the most enviable "track records" in the province.