Through recitation and performance, the teenage finalists of the New York City English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition rediscover Shakespeare's past and present. These high school student--hailing from public, charter, independent and parochial schools across the five Boroughs, as well as Long Island and Westchester County--prove that these 400-year old words and themes still have the power to engage, teach and entertain us all, young and old.
For 30 years New York City students have participated in this Competition, studying, memorizing and interpreting Sheakespeare monologues and sonnets. The winner of the New York City Competition advances to the final stages of the National Competition, where he or she meets 60 other young Bardophiles who have similarly won ESU Competitions across the country.
Today, finalists will recite their winning sonnet and monolog, and afterwards participate in a Master Class with B.H. Barry in Stage Combat. www.BHBarry.com
The English-Speaking Union is a non-profit, non-political educational organization that celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding. The ESU New York City provides engaging and cultural programs for schools, teachers, students, and non-native speakers, as well as its members.
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