"Too Hot" Residencies

All of our Too Hot to Handel residencies connect to our one-hour student matinee on January 17, 2020 @ 11AM! Click here for tickets.


Too Hot to Handel Five-Class Music Residency

FREE to schools while space is available!

Explore the music of Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah and its connection to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of “beloved community.” By working as a classroom community to create a unique music composition, students are challenged to make active choices as an ensemble and as individuals that change the “sounds” of their own communities.

Residency and Workshop Programs are filled on a first come, first served basis. Click here to apply!


Too Hot to Handel Five-Class Poetry Residency

FREE to schools while space is available!

Explore the ways that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the text of Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah use words to create an emotional impact. Students discover how their individual language choices can be used to create “sounds of non-violence” and affect positive change. Over the course of five one-hour residency classes, students work to create and then perform poems based on their knowledge of Dr. King, Too Hot to Handel, and their experience within their own communities. Residencies end in a spoken word performance of all students’ poems.

Residency and Workshop Programs are filled on a first come, first served basis. Click here to apply!

Questions? Contact [email protected] or call 312.341.2359.


Too Hot to Handel Poetry Contest | FREE!

RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 3–12
The Auditorium Theatre’s annual Too Hot Poetry Contest is back! Winners’ poems will be published in the Too Hot to Handel performance programs, with each winner receiving four tickets to a performance of Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah and the chance to perform their poetry from our historic landmark stage.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 10, 2019 @ 5PM

GUIDELINES: Poems should be 3-12 lines in length. All entries must be typed on 8.5”x11” paper and must include the student name, teacher name (if applicable), and school, grade along with an email address and phone number to contact the student/family/teacher. The phrase “How has my community shaped me?” or “This is how my community has shaped me” must be used at some point — either in the title or body of the poem.

Poems will be judged blind based on creativity, originality, language, and relevance to theme.

To submit to the Poetry Contest, please send poems via email or USPS.

Email entries can be sent to:
[email protected]
Subject Line: Too Hot Poetry Contest

USPS entries can be sent to:
Auditorium Theatre
Attn: Too Hot Poetry Contest
50 E Ida B Wells Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

Questions? Contact Tiffany Brown  at [email protected]auditoriumtheatre.org or by calling 312.341.2359!