The Drama and Theatre Arts program at The Country Day School is skills based, focusing on the practical tools needed for physical and vocal self-expression. The program's mantra, emblazoned on the drama uniforms, is Dedication. Vision. Craft. The Drama Department believes that this embodies its philosophy that theatre is a combination of determination, imagination and technique that demands a unique combination of play and rigour. Our state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre enhances our ability to inspire and instruct our students. At CDS, the Arts are considered to be as much a part of a child's development and success as reading, writing, and arithmetic.

While the program prepares students thoroughly for the study of theatre at the post-secondary level, we recognize that most students will not choose to do so. The emphasis is therefore on the acquisition of personal qualities that will benefit students whatever their chosen path, including self-awareness, confidence, lateral and critical thinking, empathy, clear and persuasive communication, the management of complex tasks, working within a group and analytical skills.

The School's drama productions are extremely inventive and of the highest quality in all respects. Students take leadership, not only in performance, but in technical, design and managerial aspects of the productions.

Student Actors and Musicians Collaborate to Create Ahead by a Century

Scott Garbe was in the midst of making final plans with his colleagues for this year’s theatrical season last spring when news of Gord Downie's diagnosis broke. “Like millions of Canadians, we were heart-broken,” the longtime Head of Drama at The Country Day School recalls.

What to do? As we all know, Gord and The Tragically Hip responded by making music. Mr. Garbe and his colleagues instantly felt compelled to create theatre. The result is an original production they have created with CDS Senior drama students and musicians entitled Ahead by a Century - a theatrical experience inspired by the words and music of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip.

As summer turned to fall, Mr. Garbe learned about Gord's work on Secret Path and how he was putting his heart and soul into telling Chanie Wenjack's story in order to bring a heightened awareness to our nation and local communities about First Nations’ issues and Canada’s own troubled history. Gord's passion for Chanie's story has become CDS’ as well, and Mr. Garbe and his students are working to weave elements of Chanie's experience into their production.

CDS has pledged to donate all ticket proceeds to the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund and to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research - Sunnybrook Foundation.

Ahead by a Century will take place in the Performing Arts Centre on March 2 and 3 at 7:00 pm and March 4 at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm.

Production Programmes

Upcoming Drama Events

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Promotional Videos

Ahead by a Century

Cyclone City Comedy Revue

One Man, Two Guvnors

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5
(905) 833-1220
Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.