What began with 1,000 students in grades 4 through 12 is down to a chosen few in Pittsburgh Public Theater's 19th annual Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest. The participants in Monday's finalists showcase were chosen Friday night by a team of judges in a process that began March 14.
Winners will be picked in grades 8-12 and grades 4-7. Admission is free for the finals, which begin at 7 p.m. at the O'Reilly Theater, Downtown. Here are the finalists:
Lower Division Monologue
Charlotte Bush, Hope Academy, Malvolio from "Twelfth Night"; Emily Bassett, Winchester Thurston, Portia from "The Merchant of Venice"; Natalie Daninhirsch, Carson Middle School, Mistress Page from "The Merry Wives of Windsor"; Adelle Fernando, Ingomar Middle School, Helena from "All's Well That Ends Well"; Jeri Stoller, Fort Couch Middle School, Wall from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; Eva Hendricks, Ellis School, Rosalind from "As You Like It"; A.J. Molder, Winchester Thurston, Juliet from "Romeo and Juliet"; Julia Coblin, CAPA, Falstaff from "The Merry Wives of Windsor."
Lower Division Scene
Riley Smith, Mason Blackburn and Tess Majewski, Marshall Middle School, Phebe, Silvius and Rosalind from "As You Like It"; Tanner Schmitt, Joey Belanger and Ryan Showalter, Highcliff Elementary, Second Merchant, Antipholus of E. and Angelo from "The Comedy of Errors"; Mira Morris and Anna Schwartz, Hoover Elementary, Nurse and Juliet from "Romeo and Juliet"; Zoey Myers and Justin Bees, CAPA, Cleopatra and Antony from "Antony and Cleopatra."
Upper Division Monologue
Kristen Carmella, Seneca Valley High School, Emilia from "Othello"; Astrid Mueller, Colfax Elementary School, Marc Antony from "Julius Caesar"; Amanda Rogus, North Allegheny Senior High School, Nurse from "Romeo and Juliet"; Evan Shaw, Salt and Light Homeschool Co-op, Macbeth from "Macbeth"; Theresa Boyd, Aquinas Academy, Launcelot Gobbo from "The Merchant of Venice"; Israel Higgins, CAPA, Launcelot Gobbo from "The Merchant of Venice"; Maggie Brooks, Baldwin High School, The Jailer's Daughter from "Two Noble Kinsmen"; Larry McKay, Allderdice High School, Arthur from "King John"; DeVaughn Robinson, Woodland Hills High School, Hamlet from "Hamlet"; Tara Dervin, Mt. Lebanon High School, Juliet from "Romeo and Juliet"; Isaac Miller, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, Hal from "Henry V"; Lena Skeele, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, Lady Percy from "Henry IV."
Upper Division Scene
Zach Verrett and Angela Bakke, Beaver County Christian School, Petruchio and Katherina from "The Taming of the Shrew"; Mikayla Schultz and Andrew Adams, McGuffey High School, Katherina and Petruchio from "The Taming of the Shrew"; Ethan Masters, Josiah Forton and Joshua Sullivan, Salt and Light Homeschool Co-op, Stephano, Trinculo and Caliban from "The Tempest"; J.D. Galloway and Zack Bowman, Trinity Christian School, Dromeo and Antipholus from "The Comedy of Errors."