ESU Charlottesville Branch

Message from the President

Greetings! How wonderful to see 80 members and guests in attendance at June's ESU Charlottesville Branch annual general meeting (AGM) and garden party. Our thanks to Marilyn and Phil Williams for hosting this delightful event and the hospitality committee for supplying delicious food and libation.

Mark your calendars for upcoming branch events:  Sunday, September 18, 2016 for a gathering of members and guests at my Lexington home, Tuesday, October 11 for the Shakespeare First Folio exhibit and reception at the University of Virginia's Special Collections Library, and Saturday, February 25, 2017 for the annual winter event and buffet dinner.  The branch Shakespeare Competition for area high school students is scheduled for Saturday, February 4 at the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. The annual general meeting and garden party will be held on Sunday, June 18. Mailed invitations will be forthcoming prior to these events

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News And Events


With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Amber Ross  from Linden, VA, a student of Chris Whitney at Warren County High School in Front Royal, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th  annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Amber previously won the ESU Charlottesville Branch competition.

This winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing theSan Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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ESU Charlottesville 2016-2017 Program


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