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Philadelphia Branch Winner at the 2015 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition

3 winners of the 2015 ESU National Shakespeare Competition. (l to r: Third place winner Elizabeth Mears, winner Sarah Spalding and Second place winner Evelyn Johnson.)

With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Evelyn Johnson (Evie), a student of Tom McFarlane at Friends Central School in Wynnewood, PA, won second prize at the 32nd annual ESU National Shakespeare Competition. The Competition brought together 57 high school students, the winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide, for a two-day event in New York City culminating in the final competition on April 27th at Lincoln Center. Evie had previously won the Philadelphia Branch regional competition.

For placing second, Evie won a full scholarship to the American Shakespeare Center's Theater Camp in Staunton, VA.

To the right, Evie Johnson  performing her winning monologue.

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28th Annual Shakespeare Competition

(Left to Right) Diana Evans, chair, awards 3rd Place Winner Rebecca Manion, Liberty High School; 1st Place Winner Evie Johnson,Friends Central School; and 2nd Place Winner Madeleine Procopio, Merion Mercy Academy.

The Playground at The Andrienne in Philadelphia was the location of our 28th Annual Shakespeare Competition.

Congratulations to our First Place Winner Evie Johnson from Friends Central School, Second Place Winner Madeleine Procopio from Merion Mercy Academy, and Third Place Winner Rebecca Manion from Liberty High School.

Thank you to Diana Lola Evans, Chair, and her committee for organizing the event; Stephen Wesley Holt, Master of Ceremonies; judges Bill Madeira, Charles McMahon, Christian Patragnoni and Bohdan Senkow; and John Zak who lead a master class for all the contestants.


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Fall Dinner Dance

Event Recap Photo

It was a dark and stormy day. Then the sky cleared and we were treated to a gorgeous sunset at the black tie gala on November 1 at The Corinthian Yacht Club. Following the cocktail hour guests enjoyed a sumptuous 3-course dinner followed by enthusiastic dancing into the night. Cocktail Hour at The Corinthian Yacht Club
Cocktail Hour at The Corinthian Yacht Club

Guests dancing to music by the "Just Us" orchestra

Guests dancing to music by the "Just Us" orchestra


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Annual Garden Party

Event Recap Photo

Carriage ride through the Rosatos' fields and beautiful countryside of Chester County

The 88th Birthday and the 62nd Year of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated Sunday, June 8th at St. Matthews Place, the home of Donald and Judy Rosato. The Rosatosdid a stellar job of co-chairing this year's event, graciously opening their Chester County home to us for an absolutely picture-perfect Garden Party. Guests enjoyed ideal weather, the beautiful location, horse and carriage rides, a display of British cars, and arriving to the sound of bagpipes and champagne served from the Rosatos' Rolls.

Carriage ride through the Rosatos' fields and  beautiful countryside of Chester County. 

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The English-Speaking Union

Philadelphia Branch

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