Judges for Upcoming ESU National Shakespeare Competition

Hi All,

I’d like to invite you to be a part of the LREI HS Shakespeare Competition as a judge.

High school students nationwide read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in three qualifying stages: school, ESU Branch and national. We need judges for the school competition. This will happen during the week of January 27th-31st. Last year we had success doing the competition during x block, but we may alter the schedule slightly given that we will have minimester on Jan 30th and 31st. The students are required to work on and perform a monologue. We also ask the students to also bring in a sonnet of their choice to read off of the page. The sonnet will not be judged. It just gives them a chance to warm up with some language and is preparation for the branch semi-finals on either Feb 10th, 11th or 13th (in case they are selected to go – one will be chosen).

Last year, Hannah Bernstein (’19) moved on to the branch semi-finals and then advanced to the branch finals at the Morgan Library. It was really exciting!

Please consider being a part of this competition. The more judges, the better. Having some experience with Shakespeare’s language is necessary.

Please peruse the documents below and then get back to me asap with potential availability in T2 (I’ll likely send a google form as well). Instructions for judging a school competition is on page 6 of the judge handbook.

Lastly, if there are students who you think would benefit from doing this and/or have facility with/love of speaking text, please start encouraging them and/or make me aware of who they are. They do NOT have to be theater kids. It’s preferable if we have a wide array of students from all corners of the school.

Many thanks,