City Hearts’ annual Shakespeare Challenge celebrated performances by children ages 5-17, who performed scenes and monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. The day culminated in a performance of an anti-bullying skit written by the students. Although the Challenge was a competition, “All students were winners,” according to City Hearts co-founder Sherry Jason.
The City Hearts 3rd Annual Shakespeare Challenge and 27th Anniversary Recital was an absolutely fantastic day at Theatricum Botanicum with children ages 5-17 challenging themselves with the difficult work of our beloved Bard. Scenes and monologues were presented to the panel of Judges: Max Adler (Glee), Jennifer Bronstein, Ellen Geer, John Sandoval (former City Hearts student and member of the Board of Directors), and Armin Shimerman (of Buffy fame).
(left) Edgar Castro won first place in The Shakespeare challenge for his scene in The Taming of the Shrew. (right) Amalia Favela won first place in The Shakespeare challenge for her scene in The Taming of the Shrew.
All students were winners and celebrated their efforts with a wonderful day and special gifts. The afternoon recital portion featured an anti-bullying skit written by the students, and the music of Avatar and Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire) with entertaining choreography and excellent performances. Parents, principals, friends and guests from around the world enjoyed the impressive day of accomplishment.
City Hearts work is so vital, especially in these difficult times, and means so much to our children who would not have Arts education and enrichment without our efforts and dedication.