The Drama Curriculum at ISPS allows students from sixth to twelfth grade to develop their knowledge and build their skills in performance-related activities through research and practice.
The students are encouraged to explore the body, paying close attention to speech, facial expression, gestures and body language; key in making them proficient and confident in communicating and expressing themselves.
Some of the courses offered are Elements of Drama, Movement for Stage, Puppetry, Storytelling, Theatre History and Production Management and Technical Theatre, just to name a few.
At The International School of Port of Spain, students are fortunate to have access to a school auditorium that is outfitted with all the elements of a professional theatrical space. This includes a theatre catwalk access to light fixtures and over head stage bars, and a sound/light operation booth equipped with all the “bells and whistles”.
In this school theatre, students have the opportunity to showcase their work each semester as well as host two (2) productions each year; one (1) Elementary and one (1) Middle and High School Production. During the production process, students have the choice to audition for a role and/or experience areas related to show production; such as Set Design, Costume Design, Stage Crew and Management, Hair and Makeup, Sound and Lighting design, Scriptwriting and Stage Direction.
Of note, at the High School level, students do Production Management and Technical Theatre, a course which allows students the unique opportunity to travel to Broadway in New York City and experience, first-hand, workshops and training with working professionals in the international Broadway musical industry.
All ISPS Drama courses give students not only an on-stage experience but exposure and experience with what happens behind-the-scenes in varied theatre settings.
Overall, the Drama program develops the characteristics of a well-rounded, global citizen - confidence, creativity, responsibility, honesty, courage, respect, trust, management of self and thinking about the team - all important traits for students to develop at any age.
Recent ISPS productions include: Into the Woods (2019), Winnie the Pooh (2019), Storied (2018), The Nutcracker (2018), Tut Tut (2017), Typecast (2017), Dr Seuss (2014), Oz (2013), Footloose (2010), High School Musical(2008), and Sleeping Beauty (2008).
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution."