Shakespeare in the Vines


On Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 at 6 PM, Shakespeare in the Vines invites all Inland Empire high schools, high-school-age homeschoolers, and others to take part in the 8th Annual Shakespeare in the Vines Shakespeare Scholarship Competition.

To participate, high school students must perform two Shakespearean monologues of their choosing, one humorous and one serious. Winners will receive trophies and cash prizes. The Winner will receive a $400 prize, 2nd Place to receive $200, and the 3 runners up to receive $50 each. All competitors will receive a certificate of participation.

Please encourage your students to take part in this exciting competition. As students read and analyze the Bard’s words, they will gain essential critical thinking and close reading skills. When they perform these works, they strengthen their public speaking skills and self-confidence. This competition is aligned with NCTE’s Standards for English Language Arts. More importantly, all the kids have a lot of fun.



  1. Each competitor must prepare and memorize two contrasting Shakespeare monologues. One monologue should be humorous and one should serious / dramatic. The two speeches together must not exceed five minutes.

  2. A teacher, parent, or staff member from the high school must sponsor each competitor. Coaching may be from any source.

  3. Monologues must be from the Shakespeare canon, not adapted from another source.

  4. Each competitor will introduce their performance by stating their name and monologue title. For example: “I am Jane Smith representing Illyria High School and I will be performing Juliet, from Romeo and Juliet.” 

  5. Check in begins at 5:00 p.m. Arrive no later than 5:30 p.m. Competition begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. and ends around 8:00 p.m. After the awards ceremony, publicity photos of all finalists will be taken. 

  6. Schools can sponsor up to, not exceeding, 6 students for the competition**

Please email completed forms to gibbon.sarahk at gmail dot com no later than noon on April 12, 2020.

The competition will be held at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater; 42051 Main St., Temecula 92592.

For more information, send email to gibbon.sarahk at gmail dot com

**Depending on available space, more could be permitted at the discretion of the event organizer.



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Dear Educators and Theater enthusiasts,

It is with a heavy heart that Shakespeare in the Vines has made the tough decision to cancel this years' monologue competition. Our venue, The Old Town Temecula Community Theater, has closed it's doors until April 30th for the safety and well-being of its staff and patrons. 

We, too, have had to consider all our options for other venues, but in light of the newest developments surrounding COVID-19 - no events over 50 persons and 6ft distancing suggestions - we had to make the decision to forgo this event. 

Please keep us in mind for next year, as we imagine returning on The Bard's birthday for this competition. 

If you have any questions, please email me at the below email address. And thank you for your continued support and understanding.