Cazenovia High School holds its 27th annual Shakespeare Monologue Competition

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On Friday, January 14, Cazenovia High School held its 27th annual Shakespeare Monologue Competition. Four students in grades 9-12 officially competed in the English-Speaking Union’s Local Competition, and two 8th graders made their debuts. Sophomore Bel Lazarsky was awarded first place for her monologue as Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bel has now won the high school competition for two years in a row, and she’ll return to the Regional Competition at Syracuse Stage this March. Olivia Morse, a sophomore, came in second place, performing as Touchstone from As You Like It. A first-time competitor, Olivia will act as Bel’s understudy in the Regional Competition. The judges awarded third place to sophomore Grace Probe for her performance of Sebastian in Twelfth Night, and junior Emma Caraher finished fourth after delivering lines from A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Helena.

Though unable to advance to the Regional Competition until next year, 8th graders Sebastian Gebers and Moth Friedman made their debuts (performing monologues from King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, respectively). Juniors Skylar Dannan and Elijah Gebers hosted the competition, with 8th grader Hailey Jennings introducing the 8th grade performers. Special thanks to senior Eogan Dennison and Mr. Jayson Pritchard for lighting the performances and providing sound for our hosts. Shakespeare Club members Meseret Stevens and Emma Steinberg lent their insightful and generous support to the performers at each step of the competition as well. The Shakespeare Club is grateful for the work of this year’s judges: Mrs. Kathy Hudson, Mr. Ben Wightman, and Mrs. Susan Palmer Everly. Following the competition, students met with Barbara Weller, the Syracuse-area Chairperson of the English-Speaking Union, who congratulated all of the competitors on their fantastic work.

Students interested in performing in this spring’s Shakespearean “flash mob” are encouraged to join the Shakespeare Club, which meets on alternating Thursday in Room 201. We’re lucky to have such a strong program in Cazenovia, and we’re already looking forward to next year’s competition! 

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