Junior at Paseo Academy Wins First Place in Kansas City Shakespeare Competition. Next: New York City National Finals
The ESU Kansas City Branch held its 30th annual Shakespeare Competition on Sunday, February 16, 2014. Thirteen students from the Kansas City metro area entered the Competition. Makenna Lockhart, a Junior at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts won First Place. Her sponsoring teacher was David Luby, Director of Technical Theatre at Paseo Academy. The Competition was held at The Coterie Theatre at Crown Center in Kansas City for the first time.
Over 165 students participated in preliminary competitions in Kansas City area high schools as well as a competition for homeschool students sponsored by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Makenna, left, impressed the judges and captivated the audience with her performance of Phoebe from Shakespeare's As You Like It and her recitation of Sonnet 24. She will go on to represent ESU's Kansas Branch as a semi-finalist at the National Shakespeare Competition held at Lincoln Center in New York City on May 5, 2014. The ESU Kansas City Branch is one of 58 Branches competing in the National Shakespeare Competition in New York.