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Shakespeare Slam Team makes it to finals

December 1, 2017

Dan Haller, Anooha Dasari, Sydney Litka, Allan Rodriguez, Maddie Martorana, Colin Nacion, Brianna Moderhack, Jonathan Meier, Miriam Mitry, Rachel Larson, Kimberly Barr, Ginny Zundel, Ellie Mellen, Natalie Williams, Mark Landuyt

For the second year in a row, the Mundelein Theatre Shakespeare Slam Team has advanced to the final round of competition. Roughly 50 teams from across the Chicagoland area participated in this program, sponsored by Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Nine schools advanced to the final bout, which will be held on December 11on the Courtyard Stage at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier. 

The team developed two pieces for this performance. The first, known as the Scene Round, can come from any play in Shakespeare’s canon.  The Mundelein team decided to use a scene from Much Ado About Nothing. The second, the Dream Round, is a creative exploration inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Both pieces are five minutes long.  The team is made up of eight performers (Kimberly Barr, Anooha Dasari, Dan Haller, Rachel Larson, Sydney Litka, Miriam Mitry, Allan Rodriguez, Ginny Zundel), as well as two student coaches (Ellie Mellen, Colin Nacion).  In addition, several students from last year’s team wanted to help develop and coach this year’s team.  Known as the Bard’s Circle, these students (Maddie Martorana, Brianna Moderhack, Natalie Williams) attended every rehearsal and served as additional resources for the team.  The team is coached by Mark Landuyt and Jonathan Meier.

“This program has turned out to be one of the highlights of our theatre season,” said Landuyt.  “It is a completely student-centric program, with the kids taking the lead on both the development of the material, as well as the staging of the pieces.”

 The Slam competition is described as first and foremost, an ensemble building program – building community, first among the members of a school’s team, and second between the many schools participating from across the Chicago region. 
 
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