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CPS Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream

NAHYP Award Image 1

NAHYP Award Image 1

First Lady Michelle Obama honors Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) with the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award at a White House ceremony on November 10, 2014. Marilyn Halperin (at right), CST Director of Education and the Ray and Judy McCaskey Education Chair, and current program participant Jennifer Guadalupe Gonzalez (center) accepted the award on behalf of CPS Shakespeare!, CST’s arts-in-education partnership with Chicago Public Schools. The signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the award recognizes the country’s best after-school creative youth development programs for using engagement in the arts and the humanities to develop skills and increase academic achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment. Photo by Steven E. Purcell.

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NAHYP Award Image 2

During the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award ceremony, Ms. Gonzalez addressed the civic and cultural leaders in a moving speech about the transformative effect of CPS Shakespeare! on her life, both academically and personally. Photo by Steven E. Purcell. 

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Bottom (Michael Watkins) is courted by Titania (Jennifer Gonzalez) 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.

Photo by Liz Lauren.

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CPS Shakespeare! ensemble members play their violins 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.

Photo by Liz Lauren.

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Demetrius (Matthew, left) and Lysander (Ryan, right) fight for Hermia’s (Michelle, at center) affections 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.

Photo by Liz Lauren.

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Puck (Ana) and Oberon (Taleah) 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.

Photo by Liz Lauren.

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

Photo by Liz Lauren.

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CPS student Jennifer Gonzalez enjoys the hilarious wordplay of Shakespeare’s comedy during CPS Shakespeare! rehearsal on the Courtyard Theater stage.

Photo by Liz Lauren.

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CPS Shakespeare! participant Jennifer Gonzalez.

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Director Kirsten Kelly addresses the student-teacher ensemble at rehearsal for CPS Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will be performed on CST’s Courtyard Theater stage, November 7 and 8, 2014.

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Students and teachers of the CPS Shakespeare! ensemble work side-by-side to engage with Shakespeare’s challenging texts, improving student’s literacy skills and building confidence. CPS teachers Razan (center) and Kimiko (at right) pore over the script with students (left to right) Rafael, Melany and Isabel in preparation for performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on CST’s Courtyard Theater stage, November 7 and 8. 2014.

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Ensemble members Matthew (right) and Ana (left) spar in stage combat training during rehearsal for CPS Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will be performed on CST’s Courtyard Theater stage, November 7 and 8, 2014.

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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) in preparation for performances on CST’s Courtyard Theater stage, November 7 and 8. 2014.

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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, which will be performed on CST’s Courtyard Theater stage, November 7 and 8, 2014.

Photo by Liz Lauren.

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