ESU Cleveland Branch



Everyone is invited to the Beefeater Ball, DECEMBER 2, 2016 at the Shaker Country Club

This holiday-flavored event will support ESU's biggest event of the Winter, The Shakespeare Competition in February. 

The gala includes a performance by the Westlake Shakespeare Students, Live music and dancing, Hors d'oeuvres, Several dinner entree stations, Dessert, Complimentary valet parking. Cocktail attire. $125 per patron. 

Your participation is vital. The local Shakespeare Competition is part of the National competition, in which over 300,000 students have participated over the years. Locally hundreds of students from dozens of schools, teachers, parents, judges, theater professionals, volunteers and donors are involved on our Shakespeare Team!  It is a Big event! 

RSVP Details are in this pdf invitation. Click here to open the invitation and reply card. They can be printed.  

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Presidents’ Note

Dear ESU Members, and Friends,                                            

Late fall finds the ESU Cleveland Branch looking forward to the Beefeaters Ball on December 2nd and the annual Shakespeare Monologue Competition on February 25th.  Proceeds from the Ball will support students and teachers who participate in dozens of building-level contests that will culminate with the February Competition.  It will be held at Westlake High School, and we will have plenty of room for interested guests.  Judging at many area high schools is already underway.

During 2017, we will hold a couple of first-ever events – April 1 there will be a Shakespeare All-City Festival for high school students and teachers. On July 21, we will have a presentation of Midsummer Night's Dream at the Holden Forest and Gardens (Cleveland Botanical Gardens) in University Circle.  Mark your calendar and watch for details on our website about both inaugural events.


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The regional Shakespeare Competition is expected to attract more schools than ever. While it is a competition for trips to New York City and London, it is primarily a chance for top achievers to hone new skills and build character. They are surrounded by a whole team of supporters. When you join the team,  you will be inspired!  It is impressive. 

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Reported by Julie Ketterer and Paul Rampe 

Shakespeare's first book was here! In the 1600s, Ben Johnson published his own greatest writings in a Folio. So Shakespeare's friends took up the challenge and published eighteen of Shakespeare's plays in the first of four Folios! The actual First Folio was on display during July in the Treasure Room of the Cleveland Public Library. 

The Great Lakes Theater's gallery at the library included Shakespearean costumes (wonderful!), larger-than-life photos from professional stage productions, art depicting some plays, and a collection of books available from the library. 


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What a teacher learns at the Globe theater will surprise you

Cleveland'sBUSS Scholar 2015 is Ms. Teresa Lee Jenkins (Fowler), Lake Ridge Academy, North Ridgeville. She has been a teacher for four decades. She shares her London adventure in this report.

"Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance" at Shakespeare's Globe theater in London provided many lessons. I learned by seeing plays as a groundling, studying with outstanding performers, and acting on the Globe stage!

But the most surprising lesson was to experience the overwhelming process through the eyes of a student.


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