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Director Kirsten Kelly addresses the ensemble of students and teachers at rehearsal for CPS Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was performed on CST’s Courtyard Theater stage, November 7 and 8, 2014.


This year, CPS Shakespeare! participants explore Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ensemble member Melany identifies text clues in her script.

Ensemble members Melanie, Diana and Samantha rehearse musical arrangements for CPS Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream, under the musical direction of Mather High School orchestra teacher Christian Smith (second from left).  

Movement Director Matt Hawkins (center) demonstrates proper sword-fighting technique to ensemble members Matthew and Ana during stage combat rehearsal.


Ensemble members Melany, Taleah and Director Kirsten Kelly explore their inner clowns during rehearsal on the Courtyard stage.

  CPS Shakespeare! students and teachers work side-by-side to engage with Shakespeare’s challenging texts, improving student’s literacy skills and building confidence. CPS teachers Razan Almiladi (center) and Kimiko Garbe (at right) explore the script with students (left to right) Rafael, Melany and Isabel.
The CPS Shakespeare! ensemble rehearses for more than 100 hours alongside members of CST’s Education team and with CPS Shakespeare! assistant director and CPS English teacher Sandra Shimon.  

Ensemble members delight in the hilarious wordplay of Shakespeare’s comedy.

Featuring 26 students and 9 teachers from 10 CPS schools across Chicago, the CPS Shakespeare! ensemble warms up with vocal and physical exercises during rehearsal for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.   CST Director of Education and Communications Marilyn Halperin has guided CPS students and teachers for nine years in productions of Othello, Hamlet, The taming of the Shrew, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.


The intergenerational ensemble works together over an intensive five-week rehearsal process to stage its unique and personal vision of Shakespeare’s story. CPS teacher Ed Cisneros and his student Cierra immerse themselves in text work. >


Ensemble members spar in stage combat training during rehearsal for CPS Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream.

CPS Shakespeare! ensemble member Michael rehearses a speech from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream with Director Kirsten Kelly.  

CPS Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream takes CST’s Courtyard Theater stage on November 7 at 4:30 p.m. and November 8 at 10:30 a.m.


Bottom (Michael) is courted by Titania (Jennifer) in CPS Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Kirsten Kelly, with performances November 7 and 8, 2014 in Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater.

  CPS Shakespeare! ensemble members underscore Shakespeare's text with music.
Demetrius (Matthew, left) and Lysander (Ryan, right) fight for Hermia’s (Michelle, at center) affections.  

Whimsical fairies Puck (Ana) challenges Oberon (Taleah) in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Titania (Jennifer ) and Bottom (Michael Watkins) recline in the bower, surrounded by the ensemble of CPS Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream.   That merry wanderer of the night, Puck (Natalie).


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