Curtain Up! is based on three core activities: reading the script of a play aloud, attending the performance together at a North Shore area theatre, and returning to the classroom to discuss the total experience. It is an active and collegial way to participate in the rich area theater scene. As we read the script together, budding thespians will have a chance to show off their stuff. After completing the reading, we will see the play as a group, and then, at our next classroom session, discuss of all aspects of the script and performance. When available, a filmed version of the play will be shown, which can then be compared with the stage production. We will see four plays in theaters such as Writers' Theater, Northlight, Northwestern, Red Twist or Raven. Theater tickets are purchased at group/student rates. Before each performance, participants will have the option of dining together at a nearby restaurant. We find that the opportunity to spend time together in an informal environment adds to the collegiality of the study group. Please note that the plays we will cover in this course will be different than the plays in the Chicago version of Curtain Up! No class on 5/27/19.