Shakespeare in the Vines


On Monday, April 23, 2018 at 6 PM, Shakespeare in the Vines invites all Inland Empire high schools, high-school-age homeschoolers, and others to take part in the Fifth 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. Last year’s winner received $400, with four runner-up winners earning between $50 and $200. Prize money for 2018 competition has yet to be determined. 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. Like last year, the competition will consist of two (2) rounds. In the Preliminary Round, competitors will perform only one of their monologues (their choice). When the Preliminary Round is completed, the judges will select five (5) competitors to proceed to the Final Round. Each of the five competitors will then perform their second monologue, which must be different from their first monologue. Judges will select winners from these five finalists. 

  5. 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.” 

  6. 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. 

Please email completed forms to chernandez at dot us no later than noon on April 16, 2018.

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

For more information, send email to chernandez at dot us



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