Shakespeare in the Vines scholarship applications now being accepted

TEMECULA –Shakespeare in the Vines, the Temecula Theater Foundation, and the Old Town Temecula Community Theater invite all Inland Valley high schools, high-school-age home-schooled students, and others to take part in the second annual Shakespeare in the Vines Shakespeare Scholarship Competition on Wednesday, April 23 at 6 p.m.

To participate, high school students must perform two Shakespearean monologues of their choosing, one humorous and one serious. Winners will receive trophies and cash prizes. First place winner will receive $400, with second place earning $200 and third, fourth and fifth place earning $50.

As students read and analyze the Bard’s words, they will gain essential critical thinking and close reading skills. When they perform these works, they strengthen their public speaking skills and self-confidence. This competition is aligned with NCTE’s Standards for English Language Arts.


* Each competitor must prepare and memorize two Shakespeare monologues. One monologue should be comic and one should serious/dramatic. The two speeches together must not exceed six minutes.

* A teacher, parent, or staff member from the high school must sponsor each competitor. Coaching may be from any source.

* Monologues must be from the Shakespeare canon, not adapted from another source.

* Each competitor will introduce their performance by stating their name and monologue title. For example, “I am Rosalind Smith representing Illyria High School and I will be performing Juliet, from ‘Romeo and Juliet.’”

This year, the competition will consist of two rounds. In the preliminary round, competitors will perform only one of their monologues (their choice). When the preliminary round is completed, the judges will select five competitors to go on to the final


Each of the five competitors will then perform their second monologue, which must be different from their first monologue. Judges will select winners from these five finalists.

Check in begins at 5 p.m. Competition begins promptly at 6 p.m. and ends around 9 p.m. After the awards ceremony, publicity photos of all finalists will be taken. The competition will be held at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater located at 42051 Main Street, Temecula.

For an application to enter, email [email protected] Applications must be submitted no later than noon on April 18.

For more information, email [email protected] or contact Rob Crisell at (951) 551-5338.

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