MCHS Theatre Director Kate Griffith and seven Marengo students, Rebekah Addis, Libby Bowen, Brody Donner, Grace Durkin, Priya Gilissen, Rebecca Millard, and Sammy Smith, are among 39 Chicagoland high schools who selected this year to participate in the Chicago Shakespeare Slam. Schools across the region worked together throughout the fall semester in the Theater's fourth annual SLAM, exploring and interpreting the work of Shakespeare—and, most important, to celebrate the power of their own voices.
This is the second year Marengo has participated in the Slam-- last year the team placed as finalists and were able to perform in front of a live audience on stage at Chicago Shakespeare on Navy Pier.
Due to the ongoing impact of COVID‑19, the SLAM program went remote this year—and culminates in a collaborative, recorded production of Hamlet, to be streamed online in two unique performances on consecutive evenings. Marengo students will be featured in the Thursday, January 14, broadcast.
The Chicago Shakespeare Slam is, more than anything, an ensemble program—building community, both among the members of a school’s team and between the teams participating across the entire region. Together, participants have the opportunity to dive deep into a shared text—and do so through an infinite number of lenses crafted out of students’ own imaginations.
We welcome you to tune in to witness their great accomplishment—against so many odds that this year has brought into their lives. Please share this invitation with any and all in your school community whom you think might enjoy watching, too!
To access the live stream of this event, simply log on to www.chicagoshakes.com/slam2020 on January 14th at 7pm.