U-High students compete in annual Shakespeare monologue contest

Nicky Edwards-Levin, Reporter

From tragedy to comedy, U-high students will recite Shakespearean monologues in Lab’s annual Shakespeare monologue competition in the Blaine Theater during open time Jan. 29.

The competition, sponsored by English Department, will consist of performing a monologue from any Shakespeare play in front of a panel of judges. The winner will represent Lab at a regional Shakespeare monologue competition in February.

English teacher Rachel Nielsen, who is organizing the competition, wants students to enjoy it.

“First and foremost, we want this to be a fun and empowering experience for students,” Ms. Nielsen said.

“It takes courage and commitment to take on a Shakespeare character and perform the role in front of others. We cheer raucously for every performer.”

Sponsored by an international organization called the English Speaking Union, the local contest is part of a national competition for high school students.

Last year, the competition did not occur, because the regional competition was scheduled on the same day as ArtsFest.

“I did not want to have to force a student to miss ArtsFest to participate in another arts activity,” Ms. Nielsen said.