High School Holds 5th Annual Shakespeare Competition
Shaker Heights High School senior Zoe Davidson will advance to the Regional Shakespeare Competition after winning an in-school contest on January 11. Zoe's performance of a monologue by Julia from Two Gentlemen of Verona earned her a top spot at the next level of competition, to be held on February 23 at Playhouse Square. This will be Zoe's second time competing at the regional level, with her performance at Playhouse Square last year winning her an honorable mention.

At this year's in-school competition, Kevin Parker was named runner up for his presentation of a monologue by Sebastian of Twelfth Night. Devon Jordan earned third place with his monologue by Henry from Henry V. Other players at the in-school competition included:

- Vance Adams, Sebastian, Twelfth Night
- Anthony Belfilgio, Romeo, Romeo and Juliet
- Gray Flint-Vrettos, Caliban, The Tempest
- Rachel Krause, Viola, Twelfth Night
- Gerald Warren, Aaron the Moor, Titus Andronicus

Sponsored by The English Speaking Union (ESU), the competition is designed to help high school students develop their communications skills and appreciation of language and literature through the study, interpretation, and performance of Shakespeare's monologues and sonnets. Students participate in three qualifying stages at the school, ESU regional, and national levels. The winner of the national competition is awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to study acting in England.

More information about the competition is available at https://www.esuus.org/esu/programs/shakespeare_competition/.

Above: The players in the fifth annual Shakespeare Competition with High School Theatre Arts Department Chair Christine McBurney.
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