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Passages - George Pigott

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Long-time board member and parliamentarian George Pigott passed this month. Teacher, mentor, professor, inventor and friend, he will be missed by all who knew him.


Although attendance was low (10 people including the ESU Executive Director), delegates from Seattle, Portland, and Denver participated in a lively and informative meeting in Tucson AZ on March 29th Executive Director Chris Broadwell lauded Seattle once more for the outstanding national conference last September. He has visited a number of branches. Many of these branches have excellent programs that appear to be well kept secrets! National wants to get information about various programs from the branches so that they may be highlighted on the national website. Despite the closing of some branches (National is administering their Shakespeare programs), one branch actually got revived through the Shakespeare Competition. A student from Ogden UT participated in the Denver Competition, and the student's teacher is considering starting a branch in Ogden. So new branches can indeed get started from our activities.

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Shakespeare Committee Report

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Shakespeare Winner Abby Carter

Last month our branch hosted our 27th Annual Shakespeare Competition at the Frye Art Museum. We had a great group of students that participated this year. Besides having high schools from around the Seattle area, we had Oak Harbor High School participate for the first time!!

The winners this year are as follows:

  • First Place: Interlake High School Abby Carter
  • Second Place: Overlake High School Emily Lautch
  • Third Place: Oak Harbor High School Nikeesa Gooding

See photos of the event in the photos section. We want to congratulate all of the participants for such wonderful performances.

—Susan Wilson, Chairperson

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March Reception News

The home of Phyllis Failor was the venue for the March reception—a lovely and comfortable place. A big thank you goes to Phyllis and also to Gay Saunders who organized the bountiful table for the reception.

The following are the people who helped Gay, providing the food: Josephine Hays, Mary Mohler, Ingrid Philbrick, Sarah Atwood, Eleanor Monroe, Allison Ellison, Norma Jean Kritsonis, Julie Albright and, of course, Gay Saunders.

It was a wonderful evening with great food, great drinks (thanks to Joe and Steve) and great attendance including three of the past scholarship winners (thank you, Loveday). A real success!

—Marlene Holbrook

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Member news from Barbee Tucker-Pigott

Dear ESU Friends,

Thank you for the many cards and emails expressing condolences upon learning of the death of my grandson, Torin Tucker. Your warm thoughts have been a solace and I appreciate each one. Torin was an amazing young man and I am grateful to have had him in my life. (For more information, you can google his name.)

Barbee Tucker-Pigott

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Congratulations to Marina...

Marina Tarlinskaya's book, "Shakespeare and the Versification of English Drama, 1561—1642," has been accepted for publication by Ashgate Publishers. Publication will occur later this year.

The book contains an analysis of various numerically measurable properties of the verse of essentially all known poets of the period. From it one can obtain a "signature" of each poet, which is then useful in determining the authorship of anonymous works, or the identification of authors act-by-act for collaborative works.

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The PAFE arts education annual music festival has named their outstanding opera singer scholarship vocal award in honor of Richard Engstrom, as a lifetime honor, in recognition of his over 40 years in voice and opera. He studied voice for 14 years and after a brief vocal career became twice Vice-President of Education and Communications for the Seattle Opera Guild, the last President of the Seattle Minded Arts Supporters in Harmony and co-founder of the "Washington State Community Theater Association and also a past' President of Washington Association of Theater Artists. Additionally, for 12 years he has cast opera singers internationally and produced and coordinated for opera companies and has performed in 7 Shakespeare productions with two seasons at Ashland and was a judge for the Utah Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 2003 in St. George, Utah.

The PAFE Board honored him at their February 11, 2014, Executive Board Meeting and the lifetime voice award will be given out every May.

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National Board Members

Good to know that we now have two Seattle branch members on the ESU National Board. William Maschmeier and Loveday Conquest represent the very best in terms of service to both our branch and the national organization. We are fortunate to have both of them on our local board as well. Thank you for your many efforts.

Report of the 2013 ESU-US Annual General Meeting

All members of the Seattle Branch can be proud of the Planning Committee's year-long efforts to host an outstanding national conference. The Washington Athletic Club was just the right size for the number of attendees; the newly remodeled facilities, the Crystal room especially shone on our main speaker events.

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Eleanor Monroe, who has served as Chairperson for our English—in-Action program for many years, is asking for a few more tutors for her group. You can reach Eleanor at (206) 542-4639 to learn more about the program. The Seattle group meets weekly in a centrally located church during the daytime. Not only would you help orient some of our foreign visitors but sometimes you are in for a delightful culinary treat or a visit to a home. You will learn as much if not more than your student in many cases.


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