Welcome to the Jersey Shore
Welcome to the Monmouth New Jersey Branch and the Jersey Shore. We are in the midst of bringing the Shore back to life after Hurricane Sandy. Our events of last year were seriously curtailed or cancelled but we are back on track because as the theme goes "We are stronger than the storm."
Our Long Range Planning Committee has been hard at work and we will be offering some interesting programs in the 2013-2014 season. We will be featuring a speaker on the work and life of Jane Austen; our usual and wonderful Holiday Party in December; attending a performance of "As you like it" at the Two River Theater in cooperation with the local Root Beer and Checker Club; the Shakespeare Competition under the direction of its new coordinator, Janet Smuga; and more surprises as we go along into the season.
Please join us and please join our branch. The form for joining is on the website and it is really easy to complete. Also -please consider becoming a National Patron - and you can earmark up to half of your payment back to the local Branch
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2014 Annual Shakespeare Competition for High School Students
On March 1st, eleven high school students faced a great challenge: each of them took the stage at Brookdale's Performing Arts Center and, without scenery, costumes or props, brought Shakespeare's words to life. Each had practiced and prepared, each had studied and rehearsed, and all of them performed wonderfully. It was the 24th annual Shakespeare Competition for high school students sponsored by the Monmouth County Branch of the English-Speaking union, and the stakes were high. The winner will go on to a national competition at Lincoln Center in New York on May 4th - 6th, where the top prize will include an all-expenses paid trip to study acting in England.
Finalists in Monmouth County ESU Shakespeare Competition 2014: left to right: Alicia Moeller, Red Bank Regional High School; Kelly Lozo, Middletown South High School; Claire Gates, Holmdel High School; Suzie Hicks, Colts Neck High School; Mpho Manye, Glen Ridge High School
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Cole Porter, Noel Coward-Themed Fundraiser a Success
It was billed as a "delightful, delovely" evening dubbed "Let's Do It" when the Monmouth County branch of the English Speaking Union (ESU) celebrated the music and genius of Noel Coward and Cole Porter with a jazz age-themed fundraiser June 24 at Raven and The Peach in Fair Haven.
Read the full story from the Rumson-Fair Haven Patch
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