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Lawrenceville, February 27 – Mpho Manye from Glen Ridge, a student of Matthew Connici at Glen Ridge High in Glen Ridge, won the English-Speaking Union Princeton Branch regional Shakespeare competition. The event was part of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. The ESU Branch competition was held on February 26 at Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, and 7 school winners from the area participated. Mr. Manye impressed the judges and captivated the audience with his performance of Iago from Othello and his recitation of Sonnet 23. He will go on to represent the Princeton Branch area as a semi-finalist at National competition, which will be held on April 23rd (Shakespeare’
Mr. Manye will be awarded an all-expenses-
Mr. Manye will be competing for amazing opportunities this summer in both the United States and aboard. The first place winner receives a full tuition scholarship to study acting in Shakespeare’
The judging panel at the National Competition consists of actors, directors, Shakespeare scholars and educators. Past judges have included Andre Braugher, Kate Burton, Maurice Charney, Blythe Danner, Barry Edelstein, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Helen Hayes, Edward Herrmann, Dana Ivey, Kristin Linklater, Peter MacNicol, Jesse L. Martin, Cynthia Nixon, Tina Packer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nancy Piccione, Phylicia Rashad, Christopher Reeve, Louis Scheeder, Richard Thomas, Courtney B. Vance, Sam Waterston, Dianne Wiest, Gene Wilder and Irene Worth.
Also receiving honors at Sunday’s competition was runner-up Sarah Parks, a student at Princeton Day School who performed Ariel from The Tempest and recited Sonnet 94. Earning honorable mention was Selena Seay-Reynolds, also a student at Princeton Day School, with her performance of Hermione from A Winter’s Tale and recitation of Sonnet 43.
The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition is a performance-
The English-Speaking Union is a non-profit, non-political educational organization, whose mission is to celebrate English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, teachers and its members. The ESU carries out its work through a network of 70 Branches and affiliates in the United States, United Kingdom and 60 other countries, sponsoring a variety of language and international education programs. For information on joining The English-Speaking Union of the United States, visit www.esuus.org or call 212-818-1200.
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The ESU is an educational organization celebrating English as a shared language through a number of language and international education programs.