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Thursday, May 21, New York City students competed in the 7th Annual Public High School Shakespearean Monologue Contest. The setting exudes theatrical mood, beautiful, elegant little theatre with a deep stage, framed tapestries, white molding and carved plaster, burgundy velvet wooden seats, burgundy all around. Host Juan Villegas delivers an introduction that boosts pride, confidence and ease, and the performances begin.
Excellence. One after another, the students presented their interpretations so well that it was the minor slipups that determined the winners. During one student’s exceptional presentation, the way an ice skater in the middle of a great rendition stumbles, Barry Givens-Paige found himself saddled with the old “Pregnant Pause” to then continue pouring out heart and energy for an outstanding delivery.
Shevonne Henry (Franklin K. Lane H.S.) Juliet – 1st Place
Michelle Li (New Design) Gertrude (from Hamlet) – 2nd Place
Manny Minaya (New Design) Hamlet – 3rd Place
Miraque Hicks (New Design) Lady Macbeth – Honorable Mention
Barry Givens-Paige (New School for Arts and Sciences) Macbeth – Best Body Language
Tatyana Vega (New Design) Calpurnia (Julius Caesar)- Best Enunciation
Amanda Bermudez (New Design) The Jailer’s Daughter (Two Noble Kinsmen) – Best Memorization
Judges: Ian Gordon & Nicholasa Mohr
“This event helps establish a valuable tradition of opportunity for inner-city students to stretch their minds and engage in enriching educational and artistic challenges.”
Congratulations to all the participants, teachers, schools and staff.
Special Gratitude to The Puffin Foundation for the Arts for their generosity and continued support.
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