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BRANCH COMPETITION DATE: Saturday, February 22, 2020

TIME: 1pm-5pm

(times may alter slightly by no more than an hour in either direction) 

LOCATION: Mesa Arts Center, Piper Repertory Theatre

OUR COMPETITION IS GROWING! 

This year, the Phoenix Branch Competition is bigger and better than ever and there is still room for more! 

ESU Competition: school winners compete to represent Phoenix at the national competition in New York City.   NEW THIS YEAR! The top TWO students from each entered school will be eligible to compete.

Monologue Exhibition: non-competing students have the opportunity to speak the speech on a professional stage

Sonnet Writing Competition: Anonymously voted on by the audience, students may submit an original sonnet following the Shakespearean structure.

Workshop: Work with actors from the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and join in the action as participants are guided through scenes from the production

Backstage Tour and In-Depth Q and A: Sit down with Southwest Shakespeare Company members and gain insight on what it takes to make a production come to life!

All school finalists will receive one free ticket to that evening’s 7:30p performance of Southwest Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

WHAT IS THE ESU AND THE COMPETITION ALL ABOUT? 

The English Speaking Union is a national organization that employs English as a catalyst to foster global understanding and goodwill by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members. The Monologue and Sonnet competition provides an opportunity for high school students to test their oration and acting skills at the school, branch, and national level for the opportunity to win scholarships and international training opportunities.