Wanted: Actors for Shakespeare Competition

The Shakespeare Club of Encinal High School is hosting the second annual Citywide Shakespeare Monologue Competition at Encinal High School, 201 Central Ave., from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7. The club invites all high-school and middle-school students who live or attend school in Alameda to take part.

The club has modeled the contest after the Shakespeare monologue competitions in England. Students read, analyze and then perform the one- to two-minute monologues for a panel of judges, an audience of their peers and the general public.

"We have introduced a few changes to this year’s competition, said club president Linnea Arneson. "We will welcome middle-schoolers to compete on the same stage as the high-school contestants."

A $250 grant from the Rotary Club of Alameda will allow students to attend a "stage combat" workshop taught by Carla Pantoja from Dueling Arts San Francisco. Pantoja works as a theatrical combat instructor for the California Shakespeare Theatre, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

The panel of judges for this year’s competition will include Robert Lundy-Paine, actor, director, film maker and a founding member and resident director of the Virago Theatre Company; Amy Marie Haven, actress, director and co-founder of Tomorrow Youth Repertory; and Julia Bruce, director and Shakespeare scholar. The judges’ top three choices will win prize packages.

Students interested in competing should complete the registration form at bit.do/ShakespeareComp or contact the organizers at Shakespeare@
circusforarts.org. Participation in the competition is free. The club encourages the public to come and support the young actors.

Learn more at https://ehs-alamedausd-ca.schoolloop.com/shakespeare.