Senior School Departments

Senior School Departments

Senior School Departments

At the Senior School level, the breadth of course offerings is considerable. For information on the different departments and the courses, make a selection from the list below. For a complete guide to course requirements and detailed descriptions, see the Course Selection Guide, also below.

Theatre offers a flexible creative outlet. At SMUS, theatre classes are process-driven and geared towards improving individual ability. In Grade 9, the classes focus on improvisation, body skills and performance basics rather than script work. By Grades 11 and 12, students prepare audition pieces, present polished scene work and produce a full-fledged class production.

Theatre activities include:

  • skill games;
  • voice and speech exercises;
  • improvisations; and
  • scripted work.

Though courses focus on acting, students also take part in backstage work and senior students can gain directing experience. Individual and group work builds students' confidence and collaborative skills. Classes also visit local theatre performances to better appreciate the performing arts.

Extra Opportunities

SMUS Theatre at the Mac

Every year, SMUS stages a full-scale musical at the McPherson Theatre. In addition to a cast of over 100 students, there are many students managing backstage, creating costumes, filming the performance and playing instruments in the orchestra pit. In past years, students have performed West Side Story, Pirates of Penzance and Jesus Christ Superstar.

SMUS Student Theatre Society

The student-run theatre society puts on two plays each year, with a student cast, stagehands and directors. The Student Theatre Society chooses its own pieces to perform and its members take on a variety of roles, from promotion to performing to operating lighting and sound effects.

International Travel

Theatre is the main feature of this cultural trip to London, England, as students take in seven or eight shows over 10 days. In addition to productions from the world-renowned West End theatre companies, students visit galleries and historical sites like Westminster Abbey and Saint Paul’s Cathedral. The emphasis is on immersion in a foreign culture by taking the Tube, exploring on foot, and living like a local.


Title Grade
Fine Arts 9 9
Acting 11 11
Drama 10 10
Acting 12 12
Directing and Script Development 12 12

Senior School Course Handbook 2019-20

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Senior School Course Handbook 2019-20

Published: March, 2019

A guide to Senior School courses with descriptions to help our students plan an optimal school year.

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