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We invite schools serving Grades 9-12 in our area to participate in the 2017 ESU National Shakespeare Competition. The Competition provides teachers with a free performance-based program for the study of English Language Arts and Shakespeare that satisfies Common Core State Standards. High school students from the local area recite Shakespeare's monologues and sonnets and compete for the chance to win a trip to New York City. The Denver Branch Shakespeare Competition will be held January 29, 2017, 1 - 3 pm, at the University Theatre, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Registration deadline is November 18, 2016:  To register your school, please complete the online form by clicking on this link: Denver Branch: 2017 School Participation Form

School Competitions must be completed by January 13, 2017:  All students must perform a monologue from one of Shakespeare's plays.  Note:  The Competition's official standard for monologue line counts is now the Folger Shakespeare Library editions of the plays (Simon & Schuster, 2003-2013).  These editions are available for free online at www.shakespearecompetition.org.

View monologue rules and eligibility: Click Here:

View the Suggested Monologues Packet: Click Here: 

Upon completion of your school competition, complete and return the Denver Branch School Winner Entry Form and Photo Release Form (scan and email please) with your school winner's information to ESU Denver Branch Shakespeare Coordinator, Cindy Poinsett, cpoinsett@cherrycreekschools.org.

Branch Competition Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the University Theatre, CU Boulder, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  All students must present one of Shakespeare's sonnets (in addition to their monologue). 

View sonnet rules and eligibility. Click Here:

View the Suggested Sonnets Packet: Click Here:

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

Branch Shakespeare Coordinator's Contact Info:                                  

Name:  Cindy Poinsett
Phone:  720-886-1959
Email: cpoinsett@cherrycreekschools.org


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