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Monday, April 20, 2009

This only is the witchcraft I have used

A Woodbridge high school student was the winner of the recent Shakespeare Competition by The English-Speaking Union’s New Haven Branch.
Sivan Battat, a sophomore at Amity Regional High School, recited the Monologue from Othello, IV, iii - Sonnet # 64 for the competition, for which the English Department of the University of New Haven acted as host. Professor Donald M. Smith was the master of ceremonies.

Each competitor recited a monologue of not more than 20 lines, followed by a sonnet. Judges look for clear understanding of the pieces, clarity and naturalness of delivery, and a dramatic arc. Battat, 15, shown, also attends Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven.
The English Speaking Union is an international organization dedicated to promoting global understanding through English. One of its national activities is the Annual Shakespeare Competition. Area high schools hold competitions and send winners to the branch competition. The branch winners compete in the national competition in New York City in April.
Competition judges were: James Andreassi, artistic director of Elm Shakespeare Company; Jonathan Hartmann, a UNH professor now teaching Shakespeare; and Iris McQuillan-Grace, a former winner of the New Haven competition.
Other competitors were: runner up, Jared Silverstone, Educational Center for the Arts; honorable mention, Rachel Litvin, Hamden Hall Country Day School; Jules Lefevre, Cromwell High School; Rachel Leibiger, Mercy High School, Middletown; Nina Leff, Chase Collegiate High School, Waterbury; Greg Scheiber, North Branford High School; Justin LaCoursiere, Shelton High School; Ebony Rivera, University High School of Science & Engineering, Hartford; Brechin Knapp, The Morgan School, Clinton; and Samantha Jay, Daniel Hand High School, Madison.

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