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2017 Lexington, Virginia, Branch Shakespeare Competition

We invite all schools serving Grades 9-12 in Alleghany, Appomattox, Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham counties to participate in the 2017 Competition. 

The ESU Lexington Branch Regional Competition is scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10 am at the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S Market Street, Staunton VA 24401.

Registration (by Monday, October 31, 2016)
To register your school, please complete the 2017 Lexington Branch School Participation Form.

School Competition (by Monday, December 5, 2016)
All schools 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 free online here

Consult the National site for more details.

Upon completion of school competition, all schools must complete and return the Lexington Branch School Winner Entry form to ESU Lexington Branch Shakespeare Coordinator, Suzanne Rice (see contact details at right).

School Winners and Runners-Up Workshop (Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10 - 11:30 am)
The American Shakespeare Center will conduct a workshop available to all school winners and runners-up at Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Virginia, sponsored by the ESU Lexington Branch.

Branch Competition (Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10 am)
All students must present one of Shakespeare's sonnets (in addition to their monologue). See the National site for sonnet selection guidelines. 

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


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