Pittsburgh Public Theater's Shakespeare contest gives students chance to experience the Bard
Scenes from “The Comedy of Errors” earned prizes in upper and lower divisions of the Pittsburgh Public Theater's 19th annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest, on March 25 at the O'Reilly Theater, Downtown.
• Tanner Schmitt, Joey Belanger, Ryan Showalter, students at Highcliff Elementary School, won the Lower Division (grades 4 to 7) Scene award with their performances as the Second Merchant, Antipholus and Angelo from “The Comedy of Errors.”
• J.D. Galloway and Zack Bowman, from Trinity Christian School, won the Upper Division (grades 8 to 12) Scene award as Dromio and Antipholus in “The Comedy of Errors.”
Also winning awards:
• Julia Coblin, a student at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School, who won the Lower Division Monologue award by portraying Sir John Falstaff from “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”
• Maggie Brooks of Baldwin High School tied with DeVaughn Robinson of Woodland High School as winners of the Upper Division Monologue award. Brooks delivered a monologue as the Jailor's Daughter in “The Two Noble Kinsmen,” and Robinson performed one of Hamlet's monologues from “Hamlet.”
More than 1,000 students took part in this year's competition at the Pittsburgh Public Theater's home at the O'Reilly Theater.
Although only eight received prizes — a copy of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” — all participants took something home from the competition, says Rob Zellers, the Pittsburgh Public Theater's director of education and outreach.
“We are not training future performers, although some Shakespeare contest kids from over the last 19 years have gone on to nice acting careers,” Zellers says.
“We are simply providing an opportunity — most likely the only such opportunity many will ever have — to perform this exciting, challenging material. Many of these students read a play or two by William Shakespeare during their high-school years. We provide another way into these works, hopefully, solidifying a life-long appreciation.”
Alice T. Carter can be reached at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Steelers should corner the market at NFL Draft
- Plum High School teacher hires attorney who also represents Jerry Sandusky
- Photo gallery: Steelers 1st-round draft picks
- Shoplifting ring targeted Lowe’s stores in 5 Western Pa. counties
- U.S. Steel job cuts total 2,800, CEO says
- Former Franklin Park woman convicted of abusing adopted children to be freed from jail
- Most talent in NFL Draft play at Steelers’ positions of need
- National Guard called in to keep the peace in Baltimore
- Pro wrestling legend Verne Gagne dies at age 89
- Arnold, New Kensington drug busts net 2 arrests, heroin, cocaine, cash
- Penguins’ Pouliot learns from rookie season