Tuesday, February 8, 2011

17th Annual Shakespeare Contest at the O'Reilly

Contact Margie Romero, Communications Manager at Pittsburgh Public Theater

412.316.8200 ext. 707 or mromero@ppt.org

Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents

The 17th Annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest

More than 1,100 students will perform on the O’Reilly Theater stage.

Pittsburgh Public Theater is proud to present its 17th Annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest, open to area students in grades 4 – 12. The competition’s preliminary rounds take place on the O’Reilly Theater stage Feb. 4 – 11, 2011. (8:30 am to 6 pm daily). During this time registered contestants will perform monologues and/or scenes they’ve chosen from the works of William Shakespeare. Teams of judges will evaluate each performance and those selected will progress to the Showcase of Finalists, which takes place on Monday, February 14 beginning at 7 pm. At the end of the Showcase, winners in several categories will be chosen. Grades 8 – 12 compete in the Upper Division and grades 4 – 7 compete in the Lower Division.

Audiences are welcome, free of charge, at both the preliminary and final rounds. This year the students will perform on the set of Camelot, which runs at The Public until February 20. The Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest is programmed through The Public’s Education Department, led by Rob Zellers. Pittsburgh Public Theater’s youth education and outreach programs are generously supported by BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Additional funding is provided by Highmark, Dominion, Federated, and The Grable Foundation.

Led by Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas, the O’Reilly Theater is Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. Call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org for more information.

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