ESU Colonial NC Branch

Welcome from the President

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New Officers (from left): Susan Moffat-Thomas, Vice President, Barbara Dotterer, President, Ray Savage, Secretary, Malcolm Taylor, Treasurer

Welcome to the 2019-20 year of the Colonial NC Branch! We have a varied program for the year and we hope you will be able to join us. Look on this page soon for a list of programs and events for the coming year. Note our exciting Shakespeare Initiative described below. And be sure to return to this space often for updates, details, and directions for all the programs. We are always eager to welcome new members. Contact us at any time at:

Barbara Dotterer, President

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News And Events

Shakespeare is Back! Fourfold Initiative September 21, 2019

We were very sorry that the Florence turmoil of last September caused us to cancel our annual contest. But we are happy to announce that for the 2019-2020 program year, our contest will be turned into a multi-part initiative.

1. September 21 – Teacher Training with American Shakespeare Center, an all-day event at Craven Community College for high school English and Drama Teachers.

2. March 7, 2020 – A Double Day of Shakespeare: First, the High School Regional Shakespeare Contest with the winner earning a trip to the National Finals in New York. Then the Fifth Annual Shakespeare Dinner, our fundraiser with food and drink interspersed with scenes from The Bard.

3. Teachers who participate in the training and enter a student in the contest will be eligible to apply for the first ever Colonial NC Branch TLab Scholarship to study in the UK in Summer 2020.


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Teaching Shakespeare Workshop

Join members of the American Shakespeare Center's Education Department for a day of active training. CEUs are on offer. See the attached flyer.


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High School Shakespeare Contest March 7, 2020

As before, we will be sponsoring a regional contest for high school students with the winner advancing to the national finals in New York City.The date is March 7, 2020, on the stage of Orringer Auditorium at Craven Community College. More on that later.


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Fifth Annual Shakespeare Dinner March 7, 2020

We will be holding our annual fundraising dinner at the New Bern Golf and Country Club, with pre-dinner toasts and the popular Silent Auction. There will be the usual Shakespeare scenes between courses. More details later.


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