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The Rochester English-Speaking Union High School Shakespeare Contest gives high school students a chance to strut their stuff by memorizing and presenting a Shakespearean monologue and a sonnet. Regional public, private, and parochial schools and homeschool associations send contestants. Winners receive prizes; grand prize is a trip to NYC for professional acting workshops and competition with a great group of teens from across the country.
The English-Speaking Union of the United States (esuus.org) is a non-profit, non-political, educational organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. Since 1983, approximately a quarter million students from public, independent and parochial high schools have explored the beauty and scope of Shakespeare’s language through the National Shakespeare Competition. In this performance-based education program, high school students nationwide read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in as many as three qualifying stages [school, ESU Branch (community) and national].
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