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.