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The 31st Annual Boston Shakespeare Competition for High School Students

You are Cordially Invited to Attend

The 30th Annual Boston Shakespeare Competition for High School Students

Sponsored by the Boston Branch of the English-Speaking Union in Partnership with The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

SEMIFINALS

Saturday, February 22, 2014
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

High School students – winners of competitions in their own school throughout Greater Boston – will perform 20-line monologues and recite sonnets from Shakespeare's works before panels of distinguished judges. Please join us for as much of the day as your time permits to support these dedicated and talented young people.

FINALS

Saturday, March 1, 2013
1:00 PM

The Finalists chosen at the Semifinals will compete before judges and an audience of parents, teachers, ESU members and friends. The winner will receive a free trip to New York in April to compete in the National Shakespeare Competition against over 50 other high school students from across the country. The top prize in the National event is a summer study course in Great Britain.

The Boston Branch of the English-Speaking Union recognizes the dedication of the teachers and families of all the student competitors. Without their encouragement, cooperation, guidance, instruction and inspiration, the competition could not take place.  Our sincere thanks go to all.

Both Events are Free and Open to the Public   (Voluntary Donations Accepted)

 

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Annual Garden Party and Champagne Reception

Our Annual Garden Party and Champagne Reception took place on Sunday, June 2, at the home of Susan Bush. Fortunately it was a glorious sunny day with approximately sixty enjoying her delightful gardens. We were honored by the presence of Ms. Susie Kitchens, HM Consul General of Boston.

Ann Bortnick, winner of the Boston's Shakespeare Competition and of the "silver medal" in the National Finals in New York City gave another wonderful rendition of her monologue and sonnet.

Our special guest presenter, Dick Flavin, seven-time Emmy Award winning broadcaster, regaled us with Kipling rhyme, humorous anecdotes, and witty stories.

The proceeds from the party benefited the Boston English-Speaking Union's Education Fund.

 

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Speaker Event - Paul Reid

Paul Reid – Author of The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

Speaking on: "The 20th Century's Greatest Man."

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
6:30 PM Dinner
The Player`s Club - Fenway Park
(enter on Ipswich Street, near Gate B)

Mr. Reid will be signing complimentary copies of his book to each dinner attendee.  The $60 ticket includes dinner, lecture and a signed copy of Mr. Reid's book

To RSVP Online: Click Here or mail a check to:

Linda King
CAMI (The Center for Association Management Inc)
781-647-7004
411 Waverley Oaks Road
Suite 331B
Waltham, MA 02452

(Please note that a small additional fee will be part of the online reservation)

 

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Play Reading - The Four Mrs. Hemingways

The Four Mrs. Hemingways by Robert G Pushkar is currently in pre-production. In partnership with the Columbia University Club, we are hosting a reading of the play for our members.

Ernest Hemingway—one renowned author, four wives who loved him.  A nagging question: why?

The Four Mrs Hemingways pits each wife against him and each other in their journey to find an answer. The play examines the relationships between the true wife, the Catholic, the rival and the caretaker, while simultaneously exploring the price of loyalty, integrity, and creative genius.

The reading will be done by professional actors and feedback will be encouraged throughout. 

Sunday, April 28
2:00 - 5:00
at the Arsenal Arts Center/NewRep
Rehearsal hall
Watertown MA
$20 for ESU Members.
To RSVP Click Here or mail a check to:

Linda King
CAMI (The Center for Association Management Inc)
781-647-7004
411 Waverley Oaks Road
Suite 331B
Waltham, MA 02452

(Please note that a small additional fee will be
part of the online reservation)

 

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Boston ESU Shakespeare Competition Finals

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2013 Competition Winner Anna Bortnick

On Sunday February 3, 2013, Boston was treated to ten excellent performances by Massachusetts finalists in the English Speaking Union's 30th annual High School Shakespeare Competition, held at Emerson College's Semple Theatre at the Tufte Performance Center.
The contest, co-sponsored for the first time by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, consisted of a prepared performance of a 20-line monologue from one of Shakespeare's plays , a sonnet recitation and then a cold reading of a monologue (with only 15 minutes to prepare) by each contestant.

We are pleased to announce that this year the judges selected Anna Bortnick of Wellesley High School as the winner to represent the Boston Branch in the national finals in New York City this April.

 

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