continued “It wasn’t the first one I picked,” said Light. “I at first thought of doing Sonnet 20 but it’s a bit controversial. It’s a love poem but it’s vague as if it’s to a man or woman. I didn’t feel it was the best antithesis to my monolog. I thought it would be best to let the judges see a wider range of my abilities.”
Light recited the poem and performed the monologue, and again won first place to advance to the national level.
According to the English-Speaking Union, the competition helps students meet language arts standards and develop English language proficiency.
In the Spring, Light will go to New York City to compete at the Lincoln Center against 59 other students. He will need to recite a monologue and sonnet one more time, then he will have to recite a “cold monologue” the judges give him the same day.
Light said he was unsure if he would recite the same monologue. It depends on the number of lines required and how much he can do to prepare.
“It’s difficult to choose a monologue to study that they might give you because there are so many. The best preparation I would say would be to look through the works and choose the most eloquent and powerful,” he said. “Be familiar with the characters and the four questions actors need to know on stage. Then I might not know the monologue but I’ll know the characters’ motives, so I’ll know how to portray them.”
Light will compete at the national level in April.