Students at ICS develop an understanding and appreciation of a variety of art forms around the world
We offer many opportunities for students across school to pursue their passion for drama, both inside and outside ICS. Students can join a number of drama ensembles at ICS. In addition, we take students to participate in festivals run by the International Schools Theatre Association.
See the ensembles and festivals on offer below.
- International Schools' Theatre Association (ISTA)
- Secondary Production
- IB Diploma Theatre Collaborative Project and Solo Performances
- S.P.A.R.K. (Student Performing Arts Krew)
ICS is a member of the International Schools’ Theatre Association (ISTA). Each year, students have the opportunity to attend a Middle or High School ISTA festival. In addition, students in the IB Diploma Theatre programme have the opportunity to attend the ISTA Theatre arts Programme Symposium (TaPS) event. Students can sign up for ISTA festivals in mid-August.
Middle School Festival: ICS students in G6-8 will have the opportunity to attend a MS ISTA Festival. The ISTA festivals are a collaborative process, culminating in a final performance, and include ensembles, workshops, an artistic/cultural ‘out and about’ in the host city and social activities.
High School Festival: ICS students in G9-12 will have the opportunity to attend a HS ISTA Festival. The ISTA festivals are a collaborative process, culminating in a final performance, and include ensembles, workshops, an artistic/cultural ‘out and about’ in the host city and social activities.
TaPS (Theatre arts Performance Symposium): Grades 11 & 12 IB Diploma Theatre students have the opportunity to attend an ISTA TaPS Festival. Students attend a series of unique three-day workshops that are specifically designed for students of DP Theatre, as well as taking advantage of the festival location by attending several professional theatre productions.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a production each year, alternating bi-annually between a scripted or devised play, and a musical. In addition to being an enriching opportunity for actors, these productions offer opportunities for composers and musicians, sound & lighting crew, back-stage crew, set-designers, costume designers, make-up crew, and a publicity team, through the S.P.A.R.K. (see below).
The IB Diploma Theatre Collaborative Project is a required component of the IB Diploma Theatre course. The show offers Grade 12 students the chance to work collaboratively to create and present an original piece of theatre (lasting 13–15 minutes) for and to a specified target audience, created from a starting point of their choice. This event also includes solo performance by Grade 11 DP Theatre students.
A vital part of the Performing Arts extra-curricular programme is the Student Performing Arts Krew (S.P.A.R.K.). S.P.A.R.K. offers students in Grades 6-12 the opportunity to learn about sound, lighting, stage management, costuming, set-design and make-up, by supporting the many ICS productions and concerts throughout the year.