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Skaneateles H.S. senior places third in regional Shakespeare competition

Skaneateles High School senior Kaitlin Spear, far right, was one of the top three participants in the Syracuse University branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States twenty-fourth annual Shakespeare Competition at Storch Theatre. Kathleen Kennedy, of Nottingham, left, placed second and Collin Purcell, of Fayetteville-Manlius, placed first.

Skaneateles High School senior Kaitlin Spear, far right, was one of the top three participants in the Syracuse University branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States twenty-fourth annual Shakespeare Competition at Storch Theatre. Kathleen Kennedy, of Nottingham, left, placed second and Collin Purcell, of Fayetteville-Manlius, placed first.

— The Syracuse branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States recently held its twenty-fourth annual Shakespeare Competition at Storch Theatre, home to Syracuse University drama, and Skaneateles High School senior Kaitlin Spear placed third out of 164 students.

Each year area high school students, winners of their local school competitions, recite a monologue and sonnet with the hope of joining 60 other nationwide winners in New York City for ESU’s National Competition, held this year at the Lincoln Center on April 22 to 24.

The National winner will attend a summer acting course at the British American Drama Academy in London.

In addition to Spear’s third place finish, Collin Purcell, of Fayetteville-Manlius, was awarded first prize, and Kathleen Kennedy, of Nottingham, received second prize. Honorable mentions were awarded to Austin Moore, of Mexico, Paige Gordon, of Christian Brothers Academy, and Taylor Hamer, of Oswego.

Each of the school winners received a copy of Charles Boyce’s “Shakespeare—The Essential Reference to His plays, His Poems, His Life and Times, and More.”

All students participating in their schools received a certificate of participation from Syracuse’s ESU branch.

The purpose of the ESU Shakespeare competition is to develop students’ understanding of Shakespeare and his universality, as well as to support the worldwide ESU’s mission of celebrating English as a shared language and fostering global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators and members.

Syracuse’s event is made possible by the support of The Allyn Foundation and The Richard Mather Fund and by the members of ESU’s Syracuse branch.

Michael Barbour, Assistant Director of Theatre at LeMoyne, conducted a workshop for Syracuse’s competition participants on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Storch Theatre. Judges today were Frank Fiumano, Celia Madeoy and Dan Tursi.

This year’s participants represented seventeen schools.

Further information is available at esuus.org or from Syracuse ESU Shakespeare Committee Co-Chairs, Wendy Davenport, wendyd1998@twcny.rr.com, and Susan Jarosz, tedsu@verizon.net.

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