ALAMEDA -- The Shakespeare Club of Encinal High School will host a Citywide Shakespeare Monologue Competition on Feb. 1.
During the competition, students will perform a one- to two-minute monologue from a Shakespeare play before judges and an audience of their peers and the general public.
The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the school's cafeteria stage, is open to all high school students who live or attend school in Alameda.
"We established our club this year to offer the students of Encinal High School the opportunity to come together and read, talk about and perform the works of William Shakespeare," Club President Linnea Arneson said. "Now we'd like to share our interest in the Bard with all of Alameda."
Judges for this year's competition will include Robert Lundy-Paine, an actor, director, filmmaker and resident director of Virago Theatre Company; Tristan Cunningham, a Bay Area actress who recently performed in "A Winter's Tale" at the California Shakespeare Theater; and Gene Kahane, Encinal High School English and drama teacher and a Bay Area actor and director.
Students can download a registration form at https://ehs-alamedausd-ca.schoolloop.com/shakespeare or can contact the organizers at Shakespeare@circusforarts.org.
The deadline to register is Jan. 24 and costs between $5 and $10. Organizers are requesting a $5 donation from audience members.
-- Peter Hegarty
For information, email Shakespeare@circusforarts.org or call 510-629-1538.