National Shakespeare Competition
Each of the middle school and high school students spent a few weeks preparing a monologue for the National Shakespeare Competition. Although the middle schoolers were ineligible for the State competition, Maggie worked diligently with all of the kids in preparation. She also encouraged classmates to critically review each other's performances before the big day. Our local group was evaluated by an experienced, non partial panel of 3 judges from Wings Performing Arts Center.
While the quality is not fabulous, I was able to capture part of each monologue on video with an iPhone. It was impressive to see how much the kids were able to learn in such a short time......

It was a first encounter with Shakespeare for some of the younger students, and a first competition of this nature for the high school kids. Here is a clip of the youngest participants:

And now for the High School students:

Each contestant stood before the judges after their performance and accepted constructive criticism with grace and dignity. I was proud of everyone of them for stepping outside of the comfort zone for this event. While the participants had their own ideas about who should have won this local contest, it turned out the judges had a different take. They declared a tie between two of the older kids, who were then asked to perform a cold reading of a sonnet. Apparently, the tie breaker also ended in a draw. After all of the excitement wore down, we discovered that the state competition would be held on January 26, 2013. Our first and second place thespians will be in DC that week, marching for a greater cause. Catherine, the Shrew, will graciously represent our troupe in Jackson that weekend.  Maggie, our Drama teacher, and one or two of the judges, will be coaching her on to perfection before the next level of competition. Kudos to Maggie for providing exciting new experiences for our homeschool group.  And a round of applause for our young actors and actresses!


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