"The British Royals: A Symbol of Durability"
Author, Wendy Hoblyn Jones shared a brief history of the ESU Syracuse Branch, established in 1948-49. John Phillip Jones, Emeritus Professor, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, provided insight into the role of the Royal Family within the British Society.
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2013 Shakespeare Competition
This is a banner year for the Syracuse branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States for we held our twenty-fifth annual Shakespeare Competition on Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 AM until noon at Syracuse University's Storch Theatre. Nineteen area schools participated, their amazingly talented students receiving enthusiastic compliments from the judges for their preparation, clarity and understanding.
Rachael Buchanan from Cicero-North Syracuse High School won first prize ($150 award) for her portrayal of the Jailer's Daughter in Two Noble Kinsmen and for her recitation of "Sonnet 29." Once her engraved name joins the names of our previous winners on our commemorative plaque, it will hang in her high school for the coming year. Rachael looks forward to joining nearly sixty other nationwide, regional winners for ESU's National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 21-23.
Our Second Place ($100 award) winner was Lexi Tucker from Union Springs. She chose the role of Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream and she presented "Sonnet 113."
Elizabeth Russell from John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix placed third ($50 award) as Viola from Twelfth Night and with her recitation of "Sonnet 149."
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"Aspects of Love"
Syracuse University Professors Malcolm and Elizabeth Ingram presented a delightful program full of poems, and songs about love from the Egyptians, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Hardy, and Shakespeare. Their performance poetic, romantic and comic that emphasized our feelings about love especially near Valentine's Day. This annual tea provided members and guests an opportunity to support the upcoming Shakespeare Competition while enjoying typical tea delicacies.