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STC and Salem Academy Charter School team up for competition

Posted by Christina Jedra  January 4, 2013 10:00 AM

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Students from Salem Academy Charter School will perform monologues  from a few of Shakespeare’s plays on Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Salem Theatre Company as they compete for a chance to move on to the English Speaking Union’s Shakespeare Competition.

The following was submitted by The Salem Theatre Company:

Salem Theatre Company will host the Salem Academy Charter School’s preliminary competition for the English Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare Competition on Tuesday, January 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the STC Theater, 90 Lafayette Street in Salem. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students.

The English-Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare Competition began 30 years ago with 500 students in New York City. Now the Competition involves approximately 60 English-Speaking Union Branch communities nationwide. Annually 16,000 high school students and 2,000 teachers participate from Honolulu, HI to Boston, MA. Over the program’s history, more than 250,000 young people of all backgrounds have discovered Shakespeare’s writings and communicated their understanding of the Bard’s timeless language and messages.

“The competition is for students in their freshman through senior years, and the winner of this school competition will go on the state competition,” said Denise Granniss, a teacher from Salem Academy Charter School who is coordinating the school’s competition. “The state regional and finals are held in February. From there, one winner will represent Massachusetts at the ESU National Shakespeare Competition onstage at Lincoln Center in New York City before a distinguished panel of judges in April,” added Ms. Granniss.

The Salem Academy Charter School students will be vetted by Professor David Allen George, Theatre Coordinator, Salem State University, John Fogle, Artistic Director of Salem Theatre Company and Teague Desmond, English Teacher at Salem Academy Charter School Staff.

Tickets are available online as of January 2 at  Reservations may be made to 978-792-8546 or for payment at the door the evening of the performance.


Through a unique integration of college preparatory classes with service to the community, Salem Academy's mission is to graduate informed, articulate, and proactive individuals of strong character.

Salem Academy believes that every student is capable of success when held to high expectations and provided with structure and consistency. The school community is based on mutual respect and thoughtful relationships, and students are encouraged to pursue school norms defined as REACH – Responsible, Empathetic, Assertive, Cooperative, & Honest.

Salem Academy is located in Shetland Park at 45 Congress Street, a waterfront complex flanked on one side by the residential Point Neighborhood and on the other side by the attractions of historical Pickering Wharf in downtown Salem, Massachusetts.


The Salem Theatre Company - a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization – was founded in 2002 and enriches the artistic, cultural, and economic life of the Greater Salem region through the performance of classic, contemporary, and new works of exceptional theater. The STC hopes to move and inspire, and to build connections with new, diverse audiences and theatre artists through the performing arts and arts education outreach.

Salem Theatre Company’s’ Tenth Anniversary Season is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and features Yasmina Reza’s Art, Craig Lucas’ Reckless, Conor McPherson’s Shining City, [title of show] by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, and Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance.

The company is led by Artistic Director John Fogle, Managing Director Gary LaParl, and Board President Norene Gachignard. Details about tickets, the theater on Lafayette Street, and Season Ten are at

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