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The 2018-2018 school year is underway and we are excited to offer a wide range of performances and events showcasing our students' artistic talents. We hope to see you at the following:
December 1 @8:15am - Shakespeare Slam Competition (Bout 1) [taking place at Ridgewood High School, Norridge, IL]
December 6 @6:00pm - ASM Chicago Opera Theater Show [FREE!]
December 13 - Winter Concert
Feb 29 / March 1 - Drama Winter Show, title TBD
?/ - ASM Chicago Opera Theater Spring Show
May 23 - Spring Concert
John Hancock College Preparatory High School is excited to be able to offer a broad spectrum of arts classes for students at all levels. In addition to the courses offered, students have the opportunity to participate in arts programs at Gallery 37 or After School Matters.
Drama I: Introduction to Acting and Design Music Appreciation Art I: Introduction to Studio Art
Drama II: Introduction to Playwriting and Directing Beginning Band (I) Art I: Studio Drawing and Painting
Drama III: Advanced Drama
Intermediate Band (II) Studio Sculpture I & II
Drama IV: Theater Production
Advanced Band (IIII,IV) Multimedia Art
  Beginning Mixed Chorus (I) AP Studio Art
  Advanced Chorus (II,III,IV)  
2018 - 2019:
Drama: The Drama II/III students completed their fall production, The Strangest Life: A Festival of One-Act Plays. We welcomed 52 audience members to our experiment with theater in the round as students presented a selection of seven one-acts plays which they chose, cast, rehearsed, and directed.
Drama: The Drama students completed two productions. Content Warning: Real Life was the winter production written by and featuring 35 students in the Drama II/III class. Check out what South Side Weekly had to say about that show here. In April, one group of students took "...but for what?" their one-act from Content Warning to a benefit gala to support the Illinois Dream Fund. In May, all 90 Drama students, including 60 Drama I students, staged a full-length production of The Laramie Project Listen now to hear some students and a teacher talk about this year's spring theater production: Two Drama II students made a podcast about The Laramie Project
Music: Vocal and instrumental music students completed two concerts, one in the winter and one in the spring. The spring concert -- The Power Show -- focused on the question "What gives you power?" Students explored this theme through the songs they selected to learn and perform. Students in band also participated in the citywide band competition at Curie High School.
Visual Arts: Visual arts students completed a range of projects in 2D and 3D forms. In addition to displaying work in several areas around the school, a number of students also successfully completed the AP Studio Art exam.
Other Events: We had a team of 4 students participate in the Chicago Shakespeare Slam, hosted by Chicago Youth Shakespeare and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. We also hosted a competitive talent show. Congratulations to our winners: Angel Vargas and Alondra Zepeda, class of 2018. Over spring break we took 29 students, three parents, and three staff members to New York City for a Broadway and the Arts 5-day immersive experience in partnership with EF Tours.