"Welcome," said Headmaster Willy MacMullen '78, "to the best night of the year."
And with that—and the inevitable thunderous applause—the 2018 Annual Lower Mid Macbeth Recitation Contest was underway.
Every year around this time, Taft's entire lower mid class gathers as a few of their talented and fearless peers take the stage to perform passages from Shakespeare's MacBeth. It is a night of great fun and great spirit. It is also a beloved Taft tradition.
Each actor, notes English Teacher and event coordinator Caitlin Hincker, performed beautifully. Nonetheless, only a select few could take home the coveted titles and prizes. In the end, a panel of esteemed judges, which included both seniors and faculty members, recognized the following students for truly exceptional performances:
3rd Place: A tie! Justin McLeod and Tiffany Zhang
2nd Place: Libby Dolan
1st Place: Ivy Zhuang
Congratulations to all of this year's performers:
Libby Dolan, Amanda Graziano, Ben Le, Justin McLeod, Pishya Muangman, Janse Schoonmaker, Kate Sharpe, Tiffany Zhang, Ivy Zhuang
Later in the week, 13 students brought their acting chops to the Mid Sonnet Recitation Competition. The young men from HDT-4 swept the event. Congratulations to:
3rd Place: Danto Chavez-Golden
2nd Place: Sammed Bawa
1st Place: C.J. D'Virgilio
And congratulations to all of the mid competitors: Annabel Firestone, Lily Cook, Derrick Foskett, C.J. D'Virgilio, Daisy Cook, Stefan Kim, Nick Baird, Sammed Bawa, Lily Thompson, Danto Chavez-Golden, Annabel Wyman, Peter Denious, and Henry Bartol.