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Mercutio Ophelia Ferdinand Hermia Hamlet
Miranda Viola Lysander Rosalind Fleance
CYS turned 2 last month, and looking back on the past two years, we are especially grateful for (you guessed it), 2 things: the students whose lives we've touched, and the generosity of donors who have made our work possible. In just two short years, CYS has granted over $18,000 in program scholarships to Youth Ensemble students - with $12,000 granted in 2014 alone. And we expect that number to double again in 2015.
So in celebration of our 2nd birthday, CYS has launched our first fundraising campaign specifically for the Youth Ensemble program. Our goal is to raise $18,000 (or the cost of 10 summer program scholarships), before this June! You can help CYS fulfill our promise to guarantee program scholarships to every qualified student by "sponsoring a scholar" in our Raising the Bard campaign. For a preview, click on a scholar's name to the left and read inspiring stories from real life CYS students and parents.
Coming up this month...
Preliminary Bouts this month:
April 11 at Niles North High School
April 18 at Benito Juarez Community Academy
And JOIN US on MAY 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm. for the Battle of the Bard FINALS and help cheer on the top 10 teams as they perform
on the Courtyard Stage at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier! This is a free event, so please RSVP HERE to reserve seats.
Battle of the Bard encourages students to give back to their school and the greater community. Want to get involved? Sponsor a Team and help Battle of the Bard students raise funds to support arts programming at their schools. Learn more
Looking Back at 2014 | It has been a BIG year of change and growth for CYS: launching programs, productions, building partnerships and expanding our reach. Find out what we've been up to here.