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The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition assists high school teachers across the country with their Shakespeare and language arts curriculum. Through the competition, students are encouraged to develop their communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature. 


2017 ESU Delaware Branch of the National Shakespeare Competition Shakespeare Competition

We invite all schools serving Grades 9-12 in our area to participate in the 2017 Shakespeare Competition. In this program, high school students nationwide read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in as many as three qualifying stages: school, community (ESU Branch) and national levels. Learn more about the Competition.

Program Registration (by 11/21/2016):  Sign-up your school with the ESU Delaware Branch of the National Shakespeare Competition.  To register, please complete the School Participation Form.  Note: You are not guaranteed participation in the program this year unless you sign-up your school.

School Competition (by 12/19/2016):  Hold an in-school Shakespeare competition (where students each perform a monologue from Shakespeare's plays). Select one student to represent your school at the community (ESU Branch) competition.  Note:  Monologues can be no longer than twenty lines according to the Folger Shakespeare Library editions of the plays (Simon & Schuster, 2003-2013).  The Folger texts are available for free at www.folgerdigitaltexts.org.  

Next Steps:  Upon completion of your school competition, your school must complete and return the School Winner Entry Form and Photo Release Form with your school winner's information to the ESU Delaware Branch of the National Shakespeare CompetitionShakespeare Coordinator (contact details at right).

Branch Competition (1/14/2017):  The winner of your school competition presents one of Shakespeare's sonnets (in addition to their monologue) at this community event.

The ESU Delaware Branch of the National Shakespeare Competition (community) competition is scheduled for 1/14/2017 at 10:00 AM here: 

Cape Henlopen High School
1250 Kings Highway
Lewes, DE 19958 

Additional Details:  The Delaware Branch fizzled out three years ago and I have been holding the competition here at our school- footing the bill from our high school theatre budget- to keep it alive. The ESU National Branch has been kind enough to cover our registration fees so we can still have our schools compete. However, we cover the cost of judges, use of the facility, refreshments and trophies for the winners.

National Competition (May 1, 2017):  The winner of the ESU Delaware Branch (community) Shakespeare Competition advances to the National Competition in New York City (scheduled for April 29 - May 2, 2017).  

Questions?  Please contact the ESU Delaware Branch of the National Shakespeare Competition Shakespeare Coordinator (contact details at right).


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