Madison High School students participated in the Shakesperience Festival hosted by the Shakespeare Theater of the New Jersey at Drew University. The festival is a unique opportunity for interested students to experience Shakespeare’s plays by acting them. Each school that participates prepares a scene from Shakespeare and performs it for their peers the day of the festival. Sixteen schools from all over the state participated in this year’s festival, and performed scenes from “Romeo and Juliet," “Hamlet," “Taming of the Shrew," and many others.For the festival this year, Madison High School prepared the climatic wedding scene from “Much Ado About Nothing”. Twelve Madison High School students rehearsed for six weeks to prepare their scene, and delivered an outstanding performance. Among the actors were Kaitlin McCulloch, Preston Tolbert, Nicky Vanech, Ben Hansen, Emily Bliss, Emma Conant Hiley, and Denny Harrington. Stage managers were Lainie Rowland assisted by Sam De Lara. At the festival, three of the actors took home awards: Grace Johnson-DeBaufre won for Outstanding Student Acting and Direction, Lisa Jenkins received an award for Distinguished Acting, and Julia Guiheen was cited for her Exceptional Vulnerability on stage. Congratulations to Madison’s new Shakespearians!
Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud is a nationwide contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.