Categorized | News

National Shakespeare Competition returns, searches for school representative

Jamie Kim, staff writer

The English-Speaking Union (ESU) National Shakespeare Competition, in which high school students perform works of William Shakespeare, is returning to Beverly on Friday, Feb. 5.

Any student is welcome to participate, and the first round of the competition is to be held at a location to be announced at lunch. To represent Beverly in the next round of the contest, a student must win first place in the school competition by delivering the best performance of a Shakespearean monologue.

“I feel prepared for my audition because I have my monologue memorized, and I don’t usually get nervous until the last minute,” sophomore Julia Marshall said.

This competition was held at Beverly in the past, but has not been active in the past few years. This year, English teacher Lynne Heneidi wanted to re-enter students into this competition while reading “Macbeth” in her honors sophomore English classes.

“I wanted to restart doing these competitions because in my classes, we are reading ‘Macbeth’, and in all of other the English classes, they also read Shakespeare,” Heneidi said. “I also wanted to do these competitions because we have so much talent at this school, and I think we have a great chance at winning the entire competition.”

The winner of the smaller region branch, which is after the local high school branch, of the competition then advances to compete in the greater Los Angeles area. If he or she wins that round, he or she goes on to compete in the Nationals Final in New York with an all-expenses-paid trip to New York.

“I think I have as fair a shot at winning as everyone else. I wish the rest of the competitors luck, and I’m really excited to say that this contest was brought back to our school,” sophomore Solomon Margo said.

Furthermore, the first place winner of the Nationals Final earns an all-expenses paid trip to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London in the summer.

“[Winning the Nationals Finals] is a big thing to conceptualize, but my heart would definitely tell me to seize an amazing opportunity like studying theatre in London,” Margo said. “As of right now, I’m just happy to recite the work of the genius that Shakespeare is, no matter who I do it in front of.”

However, despite these prizes and awards, the reason why the ESU hosts this annual competition, as stated on its official page, is to encourage students to “develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature.”

“I haven’t performed Shakespeare since the seventh grade, and I forgot how difficult it could be!” sophomore Jessica Sater said. “It’s interesting how different the English is compared with the text and how we’d say the lines today.”

Leave a Reply

Calendar


« November 2017 »
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
    1* Girl Up Women\'s Shelter Drive all day
* Albion Street Fundraising all day
* Hamilton NY College Workshop at 8:00 am
* UCSC College Workshop at 9:00 am
* Hofstra College Workshop at 10:10 am
2* Early Dismissal all day
* Girl Up Women\'s Shelter Drive all day
* Albion Street Fundraising all day
* Occidental College Workshop at 8:50 am
* SCIA College Workshop at 9:45 am
3* Girl Up Women\'s Shelter Drive all day
* Albion Street Fundraising all day
* DePauw College Workshop at 10:10 am
* CAU College Workshop at 11:15 am
* UNH Durham College Workshop at 12:15 pm
* Varsity Football League Game at 7:00 pm
4* Albion Street Fundraising all day
5* Albion Street Fundraising all day
6* Albion Street Fundraising all day
* Girls lacrosse tryouts at 3:00 pm
* Boys golf tryouts at 3:00 pm
7* Albion Street Fundraising all day
* Sacred Heart College Workshop at 8:00 am
* Ohio State College Workshop at 2:00 pm
* Boys lacrosse tryouts at 3:15 pm
* College Guidance Night at 6:30 pm
8* Albion Street Fundraising all day
* U of Tampa College Workshop at 12:15 pm
* Boys volleyball tryouts at 3:00 pm
* Boys tennis tryouts at 3:15 pm
* Boys lacrosse tryouts at 3:15 pm
* Swim team tryouts at 3:40 pm
9* Albion Street Fundraising all day
* Girls lacrosse tryouts at 3:00 pm
* Boys tennis tryouts at 3:15 pm
10* Cross Country Playoffs all day
* Albion Street Fundraising all day
* Veteran\'s Day: No School all day
11* Albion Street Fundraising all day
12* Albion Street Fundraising all day
13* Track & Field tryouts all day
* Albion Street Fundraising all day
14* Albion Street Fundraising all day
* Track & Field tryouts all day
* Baseball tryouts at 3:00 pm
15* Albion Street Fundraising all day
* Track & Field tryouts all day
* Baseball tryouts at 3:00 pm
16* Senior Panormaic all day
* Early Dismissal all day
* Albion Street Fundraising all day
* Winter Play-Almost Maine all day
* Baseball tryouts at 1:15 pm
17* Albion Street Fundraising all day
* Winter Play-Almost Maine all day
18* Cross Country Playoffs all day
* Winter Play-Almost Maine all day
19* Winter Play-Almost Maine all day
20* Winter Play-Almost Maine all day
* Girls waterpolo game at 3:00 pm
* Girls soccer scrimmage at 3:00 pm
21* Girls Basketball Tournament all day
* Girls waterpolo game at 3:00 pm
* Boys soccer scrimmage at 3:00 pm
22* Girls Basketball Tournament all day
23* Girls Basketball Tournament all day
* Thanksgiving Break all day
24* Girls Basketball Tournament all day
* Thanksgiving Break all day
25* Girls Basketball Tournament all day
* Cross Country Playoffs all day
26* Bill Nye Speakers Series all day
27* Boys Basketball Tournament all day
* Girls Basketball Tournament all day
* Boys soccer non-league game at 3:00 pm
28* Boys Basketball Tournament all day
* Girls Basketball Tournament all day
* Boys soccer non-league game at 3:00 pm
* Girls soccer non-league game at 3:00 pm
29* Boys Basketball Tournament all day
* Wrestling Tournament at 3:00 pm
30* Girls Basketball Tournament all day
* Boys Basketball Tournament all day
* Early Dismissal all day
* Girls soccer non-league game at 5:00 pm
     

Follow me on Twitter

%d bloggers like this: