How Many Goodly Creatures Are There! A Selection of Canadian Plays May 7- 14

The Grade 12 Drama Majors proudly present How Many Goodly Creatures Are There! A Selection of Canadian Plays May 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 and 14 in the Mini Theatre. Each afternoon and evening features a different Canadian work presented by the Grade 12 Drama students. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students. Students may purchase a $10 pass (non-transferable) for all shows. Tickets will be sold at the door. Join us for six fantastic productions from our Grade 12 students!

May 7th: Never Swim Alone written by Daniel MacIvor
May 8th: The Long Weekend written by Norm Foster
May 11th: Waiting for the Parade written by John Murrell
May 12th: The Mill-Now We Are Brody written by Matthew MacFadzean
May 13th: The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls collectively written by Martha Ross, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Jennifer Brewin, Alisa Palmer and Leah Cherniak
May 14th: Age of Arousal written by Linda Griffiths

Drama Department: Speak The Speech, I Pray You: An Evening of Shakespeare

The Grade 12 Drama Majors present “Speak the Speech, I Pray You…”: an evening of Shakespeare on Thursday December 11th in the Mini Theatre. The students will present a series of monologues and a collective creation piece entitled “2B”, which was recently featured during Arts Showcase. These students have dedicated a great deal of time and effort in the research and creation of their roles; as well, the students designed and created their own costumes for their characters.

Two performances, one at 4pm and a second at 7pm, will be held on Thursday. Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for students, will be available at the door. The performances are dedicated to John Stead and his stage fighting directors in honour of their extensive voluntary work with the cast of The Three Musketeers during rehearsals for Mainstage last year. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to The Performing Arts Lodge in honour of John Stead and his team. The production will run approximately two hours and 20 minutes with two 10 minute intermissions. Please join us and witness the incredible work that these final year students have created!

This will be a fantastic opportunity for applicants to Drama at ESA, who are planning to audition for the program in January, to see the type of work that students do and to ask Ms. Bourne and/or Mr. Black any last minute questions about audition prior to January 16th. We hope to see you there!

Drama and Film New York Trip 2014


































Our guide Brendan with the group

Our guide Brendan with the group

In the Financial District Nov. 15, 2014

In the Financial District Nov. 15, 2014

Desperately Seeking A Drafting Table

The Drama Department is seeking a drafting table that will be gently used in an upcoming
production by the Grade 12 Drama Majors. If you have this item, and are willing to lend it (in trade for two free adult tickets to one of the Grade 12 shows) please contact Darren Black at [email protected]

REVELATIONS: Six Student Directed One Act Plays

Ms. Brault’s Grade 11 Drama Majors present REVELATIONS: Six Student Directed One Act Plays on Wednesday, April 30 at 4pm and 7pm and Thursday, May 1st at 4pm and 6pm in the Mini Theatre. The rotation of plays is as follows: Wed. April 30th at 4pm and Thurs. May 1st at 6pm will include Thucydides, The Other Woman and Mountain Song; Wed. April 30th at 7pm and Thurs. May 1st at 4pm will include F*cking Art, Bedtime, and Circuit Breakers.
PLEASE NOTE: the Thursday evening shows will begin at 6pm.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for students.
These shows are the culminating projects for the Drama Majors for their grade 11 year. Please come out and support the wonderful work of these students and their teacher! All are welcome.

MainStage 2014: The Three Musketeers Spectacular

Break the last of the winter chill with an incredible evening of theatre this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as the ESA Drama Department proudly presents The Three Musketeers written by Alexandre Dumas and adapted for the stage by Peter Raby. This epic production is one of most ambitious ever mounted by the department. Director Susan Bourne and the cast of thirty five students have been rehearsing since early October. The production includes original music composed and presented by students. As well, the production will highlight the stage fighting skills that the actors have acquired in professional fight training. The Three Musketeers presented in the Nancy Main Theatre. Wednesday April 2 – Friday April 4 at 7pm. Tickets: $24 Adults; $14 Students (including all fees).
Tickets are still available for all nights of the show.


The Three Musketeers Photo Release

The audience for The Three Musketeers will experience a wonderful treat and escape this coming Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – April 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Nancy Main Auditorium. Peter Raby’s adaptation of Alexandre Dumas novel The Three Musketeers is a fast-paced and exhilarating journey into another time and world.

Set in the 17th century, The Three Musketeers is the story of a young man named d’Artagnan who leaves home to travel to Paris to fulfill his dream of joining the famed Musketeers of the Guard. The musketeers of the title are his friends Athos, Porthos and Aramis. These three musketeers are inseparable friends who live by the motto “all for one, one for all” (“tous pour un, un pour tous”).

Alexandre Dumas wrote The Three Musketeers when he was a practising fencer. Like many other French gentlemen of his generation, he attended prominent fencing schools.

In 2014, the cast members in the ESA Drama Department production have had the opportunity to channel some of Dumas’ enthusiasm for fencing. Since mid-October, cast members have had the privilege to study with professional fight instructor John Stead, and his incredible team of instructors, who have choreographed the many fights that take place during the production. The students have been given an opportunity rarely offered to non-professional actors. This access and coaching has led to some impressive results and has given the students a real understanding of the work involved in extensive stage combat.

The Three Musketeers runs from Wed. April 2nd to Fri. April 4th at 7pm in the Nancy Main Auditorium at ESA. Tickets are $24 for adults and $14 for students.

Order Tickets Here for The Three Musketeers

Tickets for The Three Musketeers, which will be presented on April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at 7pm in the Nancy Main Theatre are available by clicking on the link posted here:
Tickets are $24 for adults and $14 for students. Price includes Ticket Turtle handling fee and taxes.

The Three Musketeers Tickets on Sale Now

The ESA Drama Department proudly presents The Three Musketeers written by Peter Raby. This renowned and engaging tale will take the audience back in history to a time when church and government battled for power and supremacy was most often gained by the strength of the sword. This production is certainly one of the largest and most elaborate Mainstage productions to date involving thirty five actors and numerous sword fights. Directed by Susan Bourne, The Three Musketeers will be presented on April 2nd, 3rd and 4th at 7pm in the Nancy Main Auditorium. Tickets by reserved seat are available online now:

Grade 10 Drama Showcase Wednesday March 26th

Mr. Black’s Grade 10 Drama Majors proudly present a double-bill: I Feel Infinite: A Selection of Original Scenes AND A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Park’s: A Stand Up Comedy Extravaganza. Two fantastic shows for the price of one! Wednesday, March 26th at 4pm and 7pm in the Mini Theatre. Tickets are $3 for students and $10 for adults. One night only!Poster: I Feel Infinite

Drama Major Applicants Invited to “Speak the Speech…”

Grade 8 students auditioning for the Drama program in January, 2014
are invited to speak with Mr. Black and the grade 12 drama majors prior
to the 7pm evening performance of Speak the Speech, I Pray You…” An Evening
of William Shakespeare’s Character Moments. “Between 5:45pm and 6:45pm would
be a great time to meet some of the grade 12 students to gain some further
insight into their experience over the last four years,” said Mr. Black.
“As well, students could take the opportunity to ask me any further questions
about monologues and the audition day experience. Best of all, it will be an opportunity
to see some exemplary work from the Grade 12 students.”
Mr. Black will be available outside the Mini Theatre prior to the show.
There will be a 4pm and 7pm show in the Mini Theatre this Friday only.
Tickets are $5 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the
Rainbow Railroad charitable organization.

“Speak the Speech, I Pray You…” A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Character Moments


The Grade 12 Drama Majors proudly present “Speak the Speech, I Pray You…” A Celebration of William Shakespeare’s Character Moments. The students have been working diligently on the rehearsal of Shakespearian monologues and the design of original costumes in preparation for these final performances. The result is a visually stunning and emotionally gripping series of approximately thirty character moments from Shakespeare’s well known and lesser known plays. Please join us in the Mini Theatre at 4pm or 7pm on Friday, November 29th. Tickets are $5 at the door.