Twenty-five students took to the stage on Wednesday, April 23, channeling their inner Shakespeare in the hopes of attaining a $400 scholarship.
Organized by the Shakespeare in the Vines theater company, the second annual event took place at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater with actors and actresses performing monologues from classic Shakespeare plays.
Brinn Tomlinson, 18, a senior at Temecula Valley High School, took first place in the competition. One of her monologues was a performance of Portia from “Julius Caesar.”
Tomlinson has been acting for three years at Temecula Valley High School.
Second place was awarded to Lois Wyman of Chaparral High School who earned a $200 scholarship. Finalist awards and $50 scholarships went to Ingrid Adams of Great Oak High School, Rebecca O’Malley of Temecula Preparatory School, and Rama Kumaran of Dehesa Charter School.
The competition was judged by professional actors who offered feedback on the students’ performances. The judges were Maurice Benard, star of the daytime television series “General Hospital;” John Leon, an award-winning stage actor; and Christopher Salazar, an actor with the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
The event was co-sponsored by the Temecula Theater Foundation and Arts Connection, the City of Temecula, and the Temecula Valley Unified School District.