- Codman Square Theatre Institute
The Huntington Theatre Company and Dorchester’s Codman Academy Charter Public School have reunited for the 7th Annual Huntington-Codman Summer Theatre Institute. The four-week program allowing Codman students and alumni to explore the full theatrical process extends lessons from the academic year to the summer and instills the values of individual focus and commitment necessary for success. Equally important, the Institute also provides a safe environment for the participants who come from some of Boston’s most challenging urban neighborhoods, as urban youth violence tends to increase during the summer.
On Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. at the Huntington’s
Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center For The Arts,
the cast of 24 students from Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, West Roxbury
and the South End will present a 1980s-themed production of "A
Midsummer Night’s Dream," Shakespeare’s comedy
about love and identity. The performance is free and
open to the public.
A founding partner of Codman Academy Charter Public School,
the Huntington collaborates with Codman year-round to create and teach
its innovative, interdisciplinary Humanities curriculum.
Beginning its 12th year, the partnership is the showcase of the Huntington’s acclaimed and wide-reaching youth, education and community initiatives. The co-created Humanities program has been recognized both locally and nationally as a model for improving urban students’ reading, speaking, writing, and presentation skills. The partnership was awarded the Commonwealth Award, the state’s highest award in arts and culture given by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Codman Academy is the only public school to receive this recognition.
Thanks in part to the programs designed and administered by the Huntington, 99% of Codman Academy’s tenth graders pass the English Language Arts portion of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam, a requirement for graduation. Since the first graduating class, 100% of Codman Academy students have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities.
-- OnStage Boston
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