Recitations: Keep Calm and Speak On

While the exercise of reciting a monologue in public is a rare occurrence, those who have this skill in their pocket when they need it find it invaluable. The English departments across all three campuses work with students on recitations so by the time they reach Grade 12, speaking in public almost seems normal.

This year’s Senior School festival of the spoken word featured diverse, inspiring, multilingual and thought-provoking monologues again this year. In the video, Grade 12 students Cecilia Shang and Adam Chan talk about how their duet, “A Love Letter” by Sarah Kay, came together and why they are glad they have had the opportunity to practice it.

Check out the recorded live stream here. You can fast forward to specific recitations using the timecodes below.

Full Program

Kira Kawaguchi – “A Sad Child” by Margaret Atwood (2:22)
Brilliance Chen – “O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman (4:22)
Sophie George – excerpt from The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (6:30)
Simone Ingstrup – “If I Should Have a Daughter” by Sarah Kay (13:05)
Cindy Kim – “This Is for the Ladies” by Amal Kassir (16:38)
Michelle Song – “OCD” (slam poem) by Neil Hilborn (21:25)
Molly Robson – excerpt from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (24:53)
Jordan Kerr – “A Trip to Quebec” by Stuart McLean (29:00)
Jenny Hawes – excerpt from The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker (32:55)
Noelle Skillings – excerpt from Open Heart Runner by Greg Marchand (36:53)
Douglas Peerless – excerpt from Anne Frank by F. Goodrich & A. Hackett (40:15)
Sarah Jones – “Butterfly” from Point of Retreat by Collen Hover (44:17)
Jerry Chen – “The Whole River Red” (poem in English and Chinese) by Yue Fei (47:05)
Sophie Butterfield – “Daddy are you Proud of Me?” (poem) by Nego True (50:33)
Flora Feng – excerpt from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (57:55)
Christina Sipos – Monologue from When It Rains Gasoline by Jason D. Martin (1:00:52)
Catriona Gordon-Poag – excerpt from the short story “Floating like a Goat” by Zsuzsi Gartner (1:05:05)
Claire Williams – “A Loss of Roses” (monologue) by William Inge (1:07:35)
Dylan Tong – “Over the Moon” a selection from Rent by Jonathan Larson (1:12:03)
Lucas Simpson – ”Beethoven” (slam poem) by Shane Koyczan (1:14:58)
Lydia Kenzie – “Litany” (poem) by Billy Collins (1:18:06)
Ethan Otto – “The Gentleman’s Monologue” from the play Thirst by Eugene O’Neill (1:20:42)
Amita Symons-Yu – excerpt from “Desires” by Deon Brandon (1:23:44)
Ben Parker – “The Last Speech” from The Great Dictator by Charlie Chaplin (1:27:34)
Eva Grant – “These United Nations” (poem) by Erin Egan (1:29:31)
Emily Jordan – “Non-Bridaled Passion” by Kate Shein (1:33:05)
Kalkidan Amare – “Forgive them Father” (slam poem) by Lauryn Hill (1:37:25)
Becca Thomson – excerpt from Gray Matter by Josh Weckesser (1:41:30)
Dorothy Igbinosa – excerpt from Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech (1:45:39)
Ariel Zhu – “Kindness” (poem) by Naomi Shihab Nye (1:47:52)
Isabella Gudgeon – “Unrequited Love Poem” by Sierra DeMulder (1:49:56)
Adam Chan and Cecilia Shang – “A Love Letter” by Sarah Kay (1:53:18)

Would you like to see more recitations? Check out our youtube channel for performances from Senior and Middle School students over the past few years.

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