Our talented students performed courageous, emotional, and entertaining monologues during Dwight's 36th annual Shakespeare Competition, our school's final round of the 2019 National Shakespeare Competition.
This tradition holds a particularly special place for us, as it was launched by Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill MBE, former head of the Anglo-American International School, which joined forces with Dwight in 1993. When he introduced the oratory match-up in 1975, 500 students participated; last year, 23,000 took part, including Abigail Arader '18, who advanced to the New York City semi-finals and then to the finals, where she won third place and became the first Dwight student to compete at this level!
Each year the competition on campus brings a fresh and fantastic round of final performances, which we enjoy at an assembly for students in grades 6-12. The event is always a highlight of the year for the English Department and the audience alike, who love seeing students' acting sparks of genius take center stage.
This year, the assembly was kicked off with a rousing speech about William Shakespeare's inimitable impact by Michael Wiesenfeld, Head of the English Department. He then introduced to the stage the top student performers from grades 9-12, who had reached the finals after advancing through two preliminary rounds, distinguishing themselves from more than 200 other student-competitors. Rules prohibited the use of costumes, props, or accents, so students had to rely solely on their own dramatic talent and eloquence.
Our very talented performers listed below gave the judging team some tough decisions to make. The winner of each grade level is indicated with an asterisk (*), and Estella Zacharia '19 was named Dwight's Shakespeare Champion for her portrayal of the brilliantly brutal Lady Macbeth. Watch her chilling performance and all who competed here.
Grade 9: Leia Immanuel*, Rory Paltridge, Bernardo Sequeira
Grade 10: Ava Goldfarb, Jenny Klein*, Jeanne Rondot
Grade 11: Ven Cernjul, Kai Kelly, Kate Schlein*, Fernando Villarreal
Grade 12: Nadia Affolter, Estella Zacharia*
Estella will represent Dwight in the city-wide round of the National Shakespeare Competition in late February and wish her the very best of luck! Congratulations to Estella and to all of our talented thespians!
Thank you to our student photographer, Arthur Palaci-Zani '19, for capturing these moments of Shakespearean drama.