Wingate's Annual Shakespeare Competition:
Rescheduled for Wednesday, March 4, 2015
"I would be loath to cast away my speech: for besides that it is excellently well penned, I have taken great pains to con it" (1.5.167-69).
--Viola from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Greetings, Fellow Shakespeare Enthusiasts!
Wingate University is excited to celebrate another year of our Annual Shakespeare Competition, supported by the English-Speaking Union (ESU) and ESU's Charlotte branch. Since 1984, Wingate has invited high school and middle school students to perform in our recitation contest. For the competition, each student performs a monologue of 15 to 20 lines from one of Shakespeare's 38 plays and a sonnet.
The first-place winner from the high school division competes in New York at the English-Speaking Union's national competition. The top three contestants from both the middle school and high school division receive prizes and plaques. Wingate University also awards scholarships to the first, second, and third-place winners of the high school competition. In addition, each participant receives a certificate.
Please click on the links to the right to find out more about our competition's rules and how you can get involved.