White wins HPA school-level National Shakespeare Competition

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Shakespeare monologue competition winners, from left, Harmony Graziano, Miller White, Eliana Kaplan pose for a photo. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)

Hawaii Preparatory Academy junior Miller White placed first in the school-level competition of the National Shakespeare Competition at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Jan. 23. The National Shakespeare Competition is a program of the English-Speaking Union of the United States.

Twenty-eight students in grades 9-12 participated in the event, which involved performing and reciting Shakespearean monologues/sonnets. Juniors Harmony Graziano and Eliana Kaplan placed second and third, respectively.

White performed as Malvolio from Twelfth Night’s Act 2, Scene 5. Graziano performed as Lady MacBeth from Macbeth’s Act 1, Scene 5, while Kaplan performed as Tamara from Titus Andronicus’ Act 2, Scene 2.

Judging criteria included the performer’s understanding of the speech, including meaning, language, and character, and the performer’s expression and communication, including vocal, physical, and ownership (being fully in character throughout the performance). Judges were Kristine Dahlquist, Upper School math teacher, Mollie Hustace, Upper School fine arts teacher, and John Sucke, an attorney and former New York executive director of the Screen Actors Guild.

White will compete in the state competition on Feb. 15 on Oahu. The state winner will move on to the national competition in April in New York City.