The walls of Syracuse Stage resounded with Shakespeare as Syracuse University Drama professor Thom Miller inspired twenty-three high school students in a workshop and a warm-up on 3/7/2017 and 3/11/2017. At the end of Saturday's 29th Competition held by the Syracuse Branch of the English-Speaking Union, several winners emerged. Madeleine Van Riper from Skaneateles won first place as Helena from A Midsummer Night's Dream; Lydia Kelly of Manlius Pebble Hill School took second place as Julius Caesar's Portia; and Liverpool High School's Catie Kobland captured the third spot as Viola from Twelfth Night. Honorable mention prizes were awarded to Emilie Pitts of Red Creek, Sofia Law of Jamesville-DeWitt, and Meghan McDowell of Fayetteville-Manlius. All twenty-three students presented both a monologue and a Shakespearean sonnet. Matthew Chiorini, David Lowenstein, and Joan Hart Willard judged. The local event is made possible by the generous support of The Allyn Foundation and The Richard Mather Fund and by the members of ESU's Syracuse Branch.
Congratulations to our winners!
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Meghan McDowell. Lydia Kelly, Catie Kobland, Emilie Pitts, Sofia Law, Madeleine VanRiper.
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