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The 2019-2020 school year is shaping up to be an exciting one. We're looking forward to Shakespeare Slam in the fall/winter and a production of Alice in Wonderland in the spring as well as two concerts from the Music Department, visual arts exhibitions, a short plays production, and at least one extracurricular session with Chicago Opera Theater.
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: Advanced Drama Beginning Band (I) Art I: Studio Drawing and Painting
Drama III: Introduction to Directing
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. In the spring we presented an original work called What's Your Story? featuring 9 one-act plays written by students in Drama I, II, and III.
Music: The Music Department had a successful Winter Concert in December. Nearly 300 audience members came to enjoy the band, chorus, and music appreciation students perform a selection of holiday tunes ranging from "Feliz Navidad" to "Ave Maria". In late May, audiences enjoyed a selection of music from the 1950s to today performed live at the spring concert, JOURNEY THROUGH TIME with the Hancock Chorus, Modern Band, and Music Appreciation students.
Other Events: New this year, Hancock was excited to welcome ASM and Chicago Opera Theater who together worked with 30 students each semester as part of the COT for Teens program. These students wrote and produced two shows featuring devised scripts and originals lyrics and choreography created by the teens. We are excited to welcome COT back this summer for an additional session. Six Hancock students also returned to compete in the Shakespeare Slam competition hosted by Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
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.