Codman Academy Charter Public School
Founded in 2001, the Codman Academy Charter Public School was the first charter school to serve the Codman Square/Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester, one of Boston’s most economically challenged inner-city areas.
Before the school opened, the Huntington Education Department was asked to help develop the humanities curriculum based on the Huntington’s plays. This partnership has evolved over the last ten years and has helped the students achieve success not only in academic skills, but also in personal growth. Codman Academy’s rigorous academic program includes a 43-hour school week that runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday and 9:00am to noon on Saturday. The Huntington-Codman program gives ninth and tenth-grade students the opportunity to develop language and literacy skills by integrating the study of dramatic literature, poetry, writing and presentation skills, along with the opportunity to attend all Huntington productions. All students and alumni also have the opportunity to perform, or assist in the production of, a full-length play in the Summer Theatre Institute.
For the summer, 25-30 Codman students participate in an intensive theatre boot camp. Summer program participants are motivated to learn and explore in a theatre environment. This program leverages their enthusiasm, providing learning exercises and hands-on experience to help students understand and embody Shakespeare’s text. This summer, the students performed As You Like It.
During each day of the Institute, participants spend time using creative dramatics to help them better understand the world and words of the play as well as the process of rehearsal. A typical day includes a vocal and physical warm-up, an improvisational activity tied directly to the play, and then specific scene work and blocking. As the performance date nears, participants receive costumes and begin dress rehearsals in advance of the final performances, each of which are attended by about 100 guests.
LEARN MORE: Meg Campbell, Founder and Executive Director of Codman Academy Charter Public School, on Huffington Post
Huntington-Codman Summer Institute
The Huntington-Codman Summer Theatre Institute is a four-week program for Codman students exploring 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. Participants are motivated to further develop skills they learned in our academic-year partnership with the school and the program leverages their enthusiasm. Students from grades 9-12 audition for the program and rehearse a full-scale production will learning to understand and embody Shakespeare's text through a variety of hands-on learning experiences and exercises in acting and text analyses. 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.
This year, the ninth annual Huntington-Codman Summer Theatre Institute will culminate in two public performances of Julius Caesar on July 24 & 25, 2014 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. While past years' productions have focused on Shakespeare's comedies, Julius Caesar will be the first drama produced through the program, under the direction of Meg O'Brien, the Huntington's Manager of Education Operations.
Performances of Julius Caesar are free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Alexandra Truppi, Manager of Curriculum and Instruction.