In the Secondary school, theatre is part of the arts rotation in grade 6 - 8 where all students study Performing Arts for a semester. The courses in grades 9 and 10 run for the entire year and prepare our students for IB Theatre.
In grades 6-10, students are exposed to different styles of dramatic performance and styles. Improvisation and games play an important role in developing ensemble skills. As the students progress through the course, the challenges vary and become more focused on specialized role in theater.
The IBDP Theatre curriculum for Grades 11-12 is a rigorous, comprehensive and challenging course. It is a combination of practical, theoretical and applied components.
Each year, VIS produces a large theatrical show in December - alternating a musical or a drama performance. These include students from grade 6 to 12. Rehearsals run after school and students are encouraged to engage in all aspects of the production: from acting to stage design, from sound and light to publicity, from making costumes to make up, etc.
The Three Musketeers (2015)
Fiddler on the Roof (2014)
December 2014 saw the production of the musical "The Fiddler on the Roof" which included a cast of 115 students - this was also the first year, we had a full orchestra pit with our very own musicians. In addition of being sold out three nights in a row, it brought together students from all different grades and encouraged the cooperation with different academic subjects.
All in the Timing (2013)
"But what is Hamlet??" This year's production is the series of comic one act plays called All in the Timing by American playwright, David Ives. The series of eight witty plays, are each unique and draw connections to all areas of life. Staff and parents from across the school are involved behind the scenes to create this community event and we look forward to seeing you at the show!
Across the Universe (2012)
This theatrical production was based on an adaptation of Julie Taymor's film. By combining forces of drama, film, music, textiles, art, orchestra, choirs, bands, VIS students were able to present their own version of this musical escapade through life in the United States and Liverpool during the sixties. Memorable Beatles music featured throughout the production. In addition to the school performances, students were able to sing the songs at the renowned Vienna Musikverein.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (2012)
"Ay me…! What a dream was here!" The cast and crew of the 2012 production shared cheers, laughs and tears in the green room after their third and final performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. What began as an unforeseeable achievement for many students, resulted in a strong sense of accomplishment and triumph for all. Three months of intense rehearsals saw our VIS students bring Shakespeare's page to the stage. In true theatrical style, the MSND cast and crew kindled this well-loved comedy with enthusiasm and passion!
Our Town (2011)
In this play, students used Thornton Wilder's Our Town
as a stimulus for their work. Each student created a proposal for performance based on theme, character, dialogue, atmosphere, or anything else that they found particularly relevant from the play. A concept was created - "carpe diem" - and an image of an hourglass helped to develop core ideas. Theatrical investigations were carried out by the ensemble in twelve three-hour rehearsals following their regular classes where years 11 and 12 worked alongside each another. The students' challenge was to move from a text-based piece of theatre into a physical-based piece of theatre using the theoretical knowledge they gained at the beginning of the year as a basis for rehearsal.
VIS is an active member of the Internation Schools Theatre Association. Each year, we take students to the Middle School and the High School Festival, which are held in different locations every year. May 2015, we hosted the ISTA Middle School Festival "City of Dreams".