Students receive honors at 38th Annual Shakespeare Competition

Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah, October 2014 | Photo courtesy of Utah Shakespeare Festival, St. George News

CEDAR CITY—The 38th annual Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, gave out dozens of awards and scholarships to drama, dance and music students. The competition is the largest scholastic Shakespeare competition in the country, and this was a record-breaking year with over 3,000 students from 108 schools. Students came from junior high and high schools in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, and California.

Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah, October 2014 | Photo courtesy of Utah Shakespeare Festival, St. George News
Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah, October 2014 | Photo courtesy of Utah Shakespeare Festival, St. George News

From Oct. 9-11, students competed before numerous adjudicators on the Festival’s stages and at several other venues on the SUU campus.

Judges consisted of arts professionals with strong literary and performance backgrounds. The judges came to Cedar City from across the country, including New York and Los Angeles, and not only judged the competition, but provided critiques of performances and gave feedback to the young artists. Judges also offered numerous workshops on topics such as stage combat, improvisation, movement, modern dance techniques, and choral performance.

Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah, October 2014 | Photo courtesy of Utah Shakespeare Festival, St. George News
Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah, October 2014 | Photo courtesy of Utah Shakespeare Festival, St. George News

“There really is nothing like the Shakespeare Competition,” said Michael Bahr, education director for the Festival. “For thirty-eight years the competition has provided young people an outlet to share their passion and excitement for the arts, while also cultivating the future generation of arts professionals.”

Providing wonderful opportunities, the competition recognizes and educates students in four areas: acting, dance/choreography, music, and technical theatre.

At the conclusion of the competition selected students received trophies and scholarships to study with professionals at Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

As part of the total experience, students were able to attend the Festival’s fall productions of  “Twelfth Night,” “Boeing Boeing,” and “Sherlock Homes: The Final Adventure,” for a special school price.

View competition winners here: Shakespeare Competition – Student winners October 2014

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