Shakespeare contest selects finalists

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The 20th annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest is heading toward its denouement, with the 2014 finalists chosen Friday night from more than 1,000 students.

The competition presented by Pittsburgh Public Theater began with coaching sessions in Western Pennsylvania schools and at the Public's O'Reilly Theater, Downtown. Contestants presented their works for a panel of judges, leading up to the Showcase of Finalists at 7 p.m. Monday at the O'Reilly. Winners will be picked in grades 8-12 and grades 4-7. Visitors are welcome and admission is free; details:

Here are the finalists:

Lower Division Monologues

Rebekah Hitchcock, Salt and Light (home school), Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet"; Shay Freund, Gideon Study Center, Flute as Thisbe in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Madeline Douglas, Woodland Hills Academy, Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet"; Emma Steckline, Environmental Charter, Phoebe in "As You Like It"; Charlotte Bush, Hope Academy, Julia in "Two Gentlemen of Verona."

Lower Division Scenes

Edgar O'Connell, Alice Crow, Julia Coblin and Elliot Pullen, CAPA, "The Tempest"; Maxwell Turnwald and Katie McCurrie, Boyce Middle School, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Teresa Davison and Adelle Fernando, Ingomar Middle School, "Romeo and Juliet"; Abby Adelman and Skylar Davidson, Marshall Middle School, "Twelfth Night"; Keith Merritt and Madalyn Agate, Trinity Christian, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Sophia Henry, Maya Nelson, Gabby Lisanti and Julia Bukowski, Aquinas Academy, "The Comedy of Errors"; Lela Krackow and Nora Rodes, Lyceum of Pittsburgh, "As You Like It."

Upper Division Monologues

Sarah Mickey, Mt. Lebanon High School, Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing"; LaTaya Davis, Woodland Hills Senior High School, Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet"; Marin Exler, Carlynton High School, Adriana in "The Comedy of Errors"; Catherine Baird, North Allegheny High School, Trinculo in "The Tempest"; Sundiati Rice, Colfax Upper Elementary, Othello in "Othello"; Donnie Grimm, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing"; Noah Hitchcock, Salt and Light (home school), Philip in "King John."

Upper Division Scenes

Beatrice Duffus and Juliann Sorek, East Catholic, "The Merry Wives of Windsor"; Lincoln Alkind and Sarah Coufal, Colfax Upper Elementary, "As You Like It"; Catherine Burne, Nicolas Navari, Tyler Fort and Lara Salibi, Aquinas Academy, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Justin Bees and Zoey Myers, CAPA, "Much Ado About Nothing"; Logan Shiller, Mt. Lebanon High School, and Burke Rhodes, CAPA, "Two Gentlemen of Verona"; Will Huffmyer and Luke Belanger, North Hills School District, "Two Gentlemen of Verona"; Laela Lumsden, Jade Langan, Mimi Thomas and Candace Burgess, Hope Academy, "Macbeth."

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