Students from six local schools played from the annual highschool graduation competition that Hofstra University hosts as part of its annual Shakespeare Festival, that’s now rolling around included in the 67th year. Since 1951 the competition has allowed younger students to perform classic scenes while in the Hofstra stage. Ny native and Tony Award-winning actor Brian Dennehy states the high school competition gave him his first taste of theatrical success in the duration of 15.

Copaigue Twelfth grade swallows a bow for “Measure for Measure”

This year’s secondary school graduation competition happened February 25 and 26, 2019. Students spent through the day on campus and participated in workshops on stage combat, voice and speech and improv. Each participating school also performed selected scenes from Shakespearean plays for the panel of faculty members from Hofstra’s Department of Drama and Dance. Staging, lighting, costumes, music and sound were part of the presentations. The Hofstra professors then offered students critique and advice.

At eliminate both days, Hofstra faculty presented awards for Best Actor, Best Actress and Ensemble.

On Thursday, Hofstra faculty David Henderson, Jennifer Hart, Kara-Lynn Vaeni and Christopher Dippel gave feedback towards the kids.

Thursday, February 25

Titus Andronicus – Valley Stream Central Twelfth grade ?~?Act II, scene 4; Act IV, scene 1; and Act V, scene 3.?Hofstra faculty praised Valley Stream’s performance, developed for the majority of the comedic moments and also the physicality while in the portrayals. Walter Alvarez, who played “Marcus,” received the most perfect Actor award.

The Tempest – Division Avenue Highschool in Levittown ~?Act IV, scene 1.?Hofstra’s drama professors said they thought this was interesting wonderful time that Levittown portrayed along with the clarity on the ideas.

Hamlet – Wantagh School ~?Act II, scene 2.?Wantagh’s cast received the most beneficial Ensemble award.?This cast included an actuality TV aspect thus to their performance, which Hofstra’s professors found interesting. The school said the kids made some “really good choices” and praised “their really strong ensemble.”

Love’s Labour’s Lost – Calhoun Highschool in Merrick (top photo) ~?Act II, scene.?Lori Zomback received the most beneficial Actress award performance because “Princess of France.”?Calhoun brought a mod-60s vibe towards scene, which Hofstra drama professor Jennifer Hart praised as her favorite idea of the morning. The cast was complimented with regards to costumes as well as for their light and fun performance.

In regarding the performances throughout this day, students earned set and costume designs for Romeo and Juliet?or A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Models and sketches were critiqued by Hofstra faculty and design students. Best Set Design attended Ryan Dziedziech and Best Costume Design was?awarded to Rebecca Lewis, both Calhoun Twelfth grade.

Friday, February 26

Measure for Measure – Walter G. O’Connell Copaigue High School ~?Act V, scene I.?Copaigue received Best Ensemble and Sarah St. Jean won Best Actress portrayal of “Mariana.”?The faculty praised Copaigue because of the clear, contemporary interpretation from your scene.

Hamlet – High School for Environmental Studies in Manhattan ~?Act IV, scene 5.?Amancio Campos Pineda received Best Actor for his portrayal of “Laertes.”?The cast was applauded for physicality and other choices they provided in terms of bringing the conntacting the exact level. Yamilex Taveras was designated for her sympathetic performance of “Ophelia.”