The Seventh Annual Alan Lebow Award for Excellence in Shakespearean Performance was presented on February 13 in the Kravis Center’s Khoury Family Dance Rehearsal Hall to ten Palm Beach County students from three local high schools.
This year’s Top Winner, earning a $1,000 cash prize, was Marcella Marques, a senior at Royal Palm Beach Community High School, who performed a selection from Titus Andronicus. Two other Top Winners, Ryan Gosling, a junior at of Royal Palm Beach Community High School and Jephthelee Jordonne, a senior at Boynton Beach Community High School, were awarded $750 each. Gosling performed a monologue from Twelfth Night, while Jordonne performed a selection from Julius Caesar. A total of $5,000 was given to the top 10 winners.
Former NBA star Otis Lee Birdsong gave the keynote address, and Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor presented the awards, followed by performances by the top six winners. After the ceremony, all the students who had participated in the Lebow Award were invited to attend a performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, produced by Aquila Theatre Company, in the Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse.