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High school students invited to brush up their Shakespeare for area contest

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High school students interested in entering the 13th Annual Michigan Shakespeare Festival High School Monologue Competition will be happy to learn that they have more time to practice, thanks to the polar vortex. MSF made an announcement last week that, due to all the recent school closures, they were officially rescheduling the competition for both eastern and western counties.

Open to all Michigan high school students in grades 9 through 12, regional competitions will now be held in March and May. The Western District Regional will be held Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Hall, 215 West Michigan Avenue, in Jackson. Sign-up will begin at 11 a.m. Counties within the Western District include: Bay, Branch, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Midland, and Saginaw counties—and any counties further west or north of Jackson.

The Eastern District Regional will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Mallets Creek Library at 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway in Ann Arbor. Sign-up will begin at 11 a.m. Counties within the Eastern District include: Genesee, Huron, Lenawee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties.

Entrants are required to memorize one monologue, one to two minutes in length, from a Shakespeare play of their choosing. Applications are available via email at or downloadable at our the MSF website. The deadline for registration is March 21, 2014. A nonrefundable application of five-dollars is required.

Finalists from each regional will be invited to compete in the statewide final and have the opportunity to win financial awards toward their higher education goals. The Statewide Final Competition will be held Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Jackson. Invitations to the finalists will be made after the regional competitions are completed. For more information about the competition, contact the festival office at 517-998-3673, ext. 113.

The competition is underwritten by Dawn Foods Foundation, MACI Youth Fund, Weatherwax Foundation, Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs and Jackson Community Foundation.