|Student Matinees. Court’s Student Matinee program brings classic theatre to Chicago-area high school students through a series of deeply discounted weekday performances of productions. Each performance is enhanced by pre-performance study guides prepared by Court Theatre staff, and post-show discussions with members of the cast and artistic staff moderated by Artists-in-the-Schools Director Cree Rankin. Seeing performances of the classics gives life to texts and prompts students to consider stories in a new light.|
|Artists-in-the-Schools. Each year, Court Theatre’s Artists-in-the-Schools (AIS) initiative partners with South side high schools to enhance existing theatre arts programs or to create new programs. AIS endeavors not only to cultivate a life-long appreciation for classic theatre, but also to nurture fundamental skills such as literacy and teamwork and to build self esteem.|
|High School Performance Festival. Approximately 250 students in the Artists-in-the-Schools program participate in the annual Hyde Park Bank High School Performance Festival, in which they work with Court Teaching Artists in-class and after school to create their own productions of classic plays.|
|Play Guides for the Classroom. Court Theatre study guides focus on the historical context, themes, and artistic process that transforms a literary text into a piece of theatre. Study guides typically include biographies and background, a list of characters, a glossary of terms, a detailed synopsis, and discussion questions.|
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