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The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s annual competition

Southern Utah University recently hosted the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s annual competition. Over two thousand students, ranging from sixth grade to high school, participate in the program. Shakespeare Studies director for the USF says that the event is the “largest academic competition” in the country. Theatre professionals from across the United States provide instruction as the students interpret Shakespeare’s works.

The competition gives junior and high school students from around the nation a chance to present material from Shakespearean literature in various artistic forms.   – USF website

Each group from over one hundred schools can prepare monologues scenes, choreographed interpretive dances, and technical presentations. In addition to an auditorium, the competition’s performance venues included the Elizabethan-style Adams Theatre with thrust seating, balcony space, and center discovery. That theater, however, is set to be demolished due to its structural deterioration and design limitations. Next summer, the festival will use the new Engelstad Shakespearean Theatre.

Performance works at the thirty-ninth annual Shakespeare Competition were adjudicated by professionals, some of whom offered workshops for university credit.

Author Claire

Claire Kimball earned her Master of Letters degree in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College. She has served as a dramaturg for the American Shakespeare Center and Brave Spirits Theatre. Claire has presented her research to the Shakespeare Association of America, the Blackfriars Conference, the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, and the Comparative Drama Conference. Her essay on developing a rehearsal technique for early modern drama appeared in Renaissance Papers 2008.

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