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The Red Kite Project

The Red Kite Project creates theatrical adventures and dynamic learning experiences for children on the autism spectrum.  Red Kite is a branch of Chicago Children’s Theatre and was the brainchild of CCT’s artistic director Jacqueline Russell as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to serving children with special needs, especially autism.

During this difficult time when many students aren’t in school, Chicago Children’s Theatre understands that children with autism and their families are highly impacted by all these changes. We are continuing our mission to be of service to neurodiverse students, by encouraging families to stay home and join in on one of our many Red Kite Fly at Home Classes!

To stay connected with our students, we are offering weekly live and interactive classes via Zoom, and uploading classes and activity videos for you to watch at home. We will also be sharing videos that teach families how to play our Drama Time games at home!

Red Kite Fly@Home: Shakespeare Class with Sara Perry
Monday, March 30 | 3 pm – 4 pm

This online class was designed especially for our Shakespeare & Autism students to complete our winter session together. We have adapted our games from The Tempest to play in a live interactive class via Zoom.

Stay at Home Safari Adventure with Caleigh Havansek
Ideal for Ages 3 – 7

Create and decorate your own binoculars using recycled paper rolls or construction paper. Then go on a safari adventure around your house and make a list of all the things you can find using your binoculars to make an epic game of “I Spy” for your family.

Make Your Own Mask with Caleigh Havansek
Ideal for Ages 3 and Up

Make your own masks out of the ordinary supplies around your house (paper plates, tinfoil, newspaper, markers) and then use the mask to portray a full-body character!

Collage a Dream Oasis with Caleigh Havensak
Ideal for Ages 3 and Up

Bonus activity: Write a story that takes place in this location!

Red Kite Fly@Home Activity Videos

Wish you were somewhere besides home right now? Pick a destination to create a collaged landscape. Learn how to turn paper scraps, newspaper and magazine clippings, old political ads, or any other pieces laying around into a beautiful landscape.

Sing the Drama Song with Ms. Sara
Description: Even though we aren’t in the Drama Time circle together, we still wanted to have some fun and play some games together. Let’s begin with the Drama Song!

Storytime “Not a Box” with Ms. Sara
Description: Ms. Sara reads a classic from our Drama Time circle, the book “Not a Box”. This story is about a bunny who uses his imagination to turn a cardboard box into new and different things– and has amazing adventures! What will you imagine your cardboard box can be?

VIRTUAL CAMP RED KITE

Virtual Camp Red Kite is an arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of young people on the autism spectrum. Each day, campers can engage in classes in Drama, Art, Music, and Movement. The program is led by a team of specialized artists and educators dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and comfortable environment for children affected by autism. We aim to foster a shared arts experience that encourages self-expression, social engagement, creative exploration, and above all, FUN!

DATES: April 6 – 10, 2020
TIMES: M – F, TBD
AGES:  8 – 22 year-olds
LOCATION: Online via the ZOOM Application (download here)
TUITION: $200 for the week or $50 per day| Limited financial aid is available

Camp days will be a mix of interactive online teacher instruction and live stream group activities, “at-your-pace” classes for an individualized experience, and offline activities to play at home and get everyone out from in front of the screen.

All you need is a smart device with the ZOOM Application (download here)

Families will receive instructions on how to log in for classes following sign up. Please contact Sara Perry at sperry@chicagochildrenstheatre.org with any questions you may have.

*Financial Assistance is available – Applications are considered based on multiple factors. Notifications will be made on a rolling basis. Please complete the registration with an indication that you would like to apply. We will contact you with our decision. If you have any questions, please contact Red Kite Coordinator, Sara Perry at sperry@chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

CAMP RED KITE 2020

DATES: August 10 – 28, 2020
TIMES: M – F, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
AGES:  8 – 14 year-olds and 15 – 22 year-olds
LOCATION: The Station, 100 South Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60607
TUITION: $825 for three-week camp*, including the registration fee | Limited financial aid is available

Each day, Camp Red Kite campers will move between classes in Drama, Art, Music, and Movement. Red Kite staff ensures a comfortable environment for all campers and a highly structured schedule that is displayed pictorially in each room. Each camper receives plenty of personal attention and is encouraged to participate in activities in his or her own unique way. Camp culminates in a final showcase and potluck lunch to share the Camp Red Kite experience with family and friends.

*Financial Assistance is available – Applications are considered based on multiple factors. Notifications will be made on a rolling basis. Please complete the registration with an indication that you would like to apply. We will contact you with our decision. If you have any questions, please contact Red Kite Coordinator, Sara Perry at sperry@chicagochildrenstheatre.org