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2017 ESU St. Louis Branch Shakespeare Competition

We invite all schools serving Grades 9-12 in our area to participate in the 2017 Shakespeare Competition. In this program, high school students nationwide read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in as many as three qualifying stages: school, community (ESU Branch) and national levels. Learn more about the Competition.

From Paula Heller, Chair of Shakespeare Competition 2017

As an English and Theatre Arts teacher for 27 years in St. Louis public schools including 25 years at Mehlville High School, I was always looking for activities my students found engaging.  Years ago, I discovered the English Speaking Union and was fortunate enough to receive a fellowship to study Shakespeare at the Globe through this organization.  Now, I am fortunate to coordinate their yearly Shakespeare competition.  My students loved this competition and grew to love the language of Shakespeare and language in general from the activities surrounding our school competition.  I want to invite you to participate in the English Speaking Union's St. Louis regional Shakespeare competition on February 4 at Fontbonne University.  Each year students win cash prizes, and one student from the St. Louis area goes to New York City to represent our local ESU Branch. The registration is open online.  The links below will give you more information about this annual competition including how to hold a school competition and ideas for monologues and sonnets.  If you decide to participate, you don't need to register a participant, yet, but it would be helpful to send in the school participation form so we know you want to participate.  Please call or email any questions you may have.  


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