Hale Stewart places in top 10 of national Shakespeare competition

Hale Stewart

Hale Stewart at the 32nd annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare competition at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City. (Submitted photo)

With a performance of a sonnet and a monologue, Notre Dame Prep junior Hale Stewart placed as one of 10 finalists at the 32nd annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare competition, held on April 27 at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.

Mr. Stewart was one of 57 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide competing for drama scholarships and prize money, according to a press release.

The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition is a school-based program designed to help students develop their speaking and critical thinking skills and their appreciation of literature as they explore the beauty of the language and timeless themes in Shakespeare’s works.

In three progressive competition levels, students memorize, interpret, and perform monologues and sonnets in their own schools, at ESU Branch-sponsored community competitions and at the National Shakespeare Competition. The program has engaged more than 250,000 young people since its inception.

The ESU provided the Branch winners with two full days of educational and cultural activities in New York City, including an exclusive acting workshop at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and a performance of the Tony award-winning musical “Something Rotten!” on Broadway.

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