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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0071  Thursday, 1 February 2007

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Date: 		Thursday, 1 Feb 2007 09:51:31 -0500
Subject: 	Shakespeare-Related ESU Washington Programs

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, at 8:00 p.m.
RACHEL M. SCHLESINGER CONCERT HALL & ARTS CENTER in Alexandria
For Directions and Ticket Information, call (703) 548-0885 or visit 
www.alexsym.org

Thanks to the generosity of one of our members, Deborah Stevenson, who 
chairs the Symphonic Orchestra League of Alexandria, ESU Washington 
constituents have been offered 10% discounts on a presentation of three 
remarkable variations on A Midsummer Night's Dream. This program, which 
has been organized as part of the Shakespeare in Washington festival in 
collaboration with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, will be offered by 
the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, with narration by Robert Aubry Davis 
and with scores by such composers as Benjamin Britten, Elvis Costello, 
and Erich Korngold (an artist who took Felix Mendelssohn's incidental 
music and adapted it for a famous Max Reinhardt film in 1935 with such 
stars as James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, and Mickey Rooney). To book 
reservations at the special ESU discount, mention this announcement when 
you call the ASO box office at the telephone number listed above.

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ESU's 18th Annual Shakespeare Competition
MONDAY, MARCH 5 - Opening Round, 1:30; Buffet Reception, 6:00, Final 
Round, 7:00 p.m.
THE LANSBURGH THEATRE, 450 7th Street NW

No Admission Charge, but Reservations Requested

We hope you'll mark your calendar for an event that has established 
itself as one of the ESU's signature occasions: our annual Shakespeare 
Competition for the National Capital Region. The object of this 
much-admired contest is to enhance students' appreciation for and 
comprehension of a poet who has been described as history's most 
reliable guide to the mileposts of life. It provides an opportunity for 
entrants from the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades to display the insights 
and skills they've acquired as they recite vignettes from such dramatic 
masterpieces as Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing. Contestants come from 
public, private, and parochial institutions throughout the area, and 
their renderings are evaluated by an eminent panel of actors, directors, 
and teachers. Those who emerge as the top three contenders earn monetary 
prizes. The one with the highest rating proceeds to Lincoln Center in 
New York for an April 23rd National Shakespeare Competition whose winner 
will receive three weeks of training at the British-American Drama 
Academy in England. Thanks to the National Geographic Society, each 
participant will be recognized with a beautiful keepsake. As in the 
past, primary support for this festival is supplied by the Morris and 
Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, with substantial assistance from Dr. 
Marjorie J. Williams from our colleagues at the Shakespeare Theatre 
Company. For more information, including details about speakers who'll 
grace this year's celebration, see www.esuwdc.org/shakespeare.html.

John F. Andrews, OBE
Executive Director, ESU Washington
President, The Shakespeare Guild
1604 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009-2512
Phone 202 234 4602   Fax 202 234 4639
http://www.esuwdc.org  
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