Lexington Branch Shakespeare Competition participants, January 20, 2018
Dianelys Mustelier-Mayeta, from Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater, Virginia, won first place at the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition Lexington Branch contest on January 20, 2018. Mustelier-Mayeta, a student of teachers Cecille Deason and Michael Villacrusis, performed Parolles monologue from All's Well That Ends Well, Act IV, scene i, as well as Sonnet 127. She will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City along with 55 other contestants from around the country to participate in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition in April.
Mary Margaret Elam from Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton earned second place, performing Helena's monologue from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act III, scene ii, and Sonnet 65. Third place winner Kathryn Wigglesworth from Fort Defiance High School in Augusta County played the part of the Jailer's Daughter from The Two Noble Kinsmen, Act II, scene iv, and recited Sonnet 9.
Competitors were judged on their understanding of their selected texts and on their ability to communicate that understanding to the audience. Judges for the Branch Competition were Allison Glenzer, Al Gordon and Adrienne Johnson. All the winners were awarded partial scholarships to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp.
L - R: Kathryn Wigglesworth, Dianelys Mustelier-Mayeta, and Mary Margaret Elam
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