Inside the Story: Utah students give groundbreaking Shakespeare performances in Spanish

Inside the Story: Utah students give groundbreaking Shakespeare performances in Spanish (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — A groundbreaking theater performance by a group of girls at a national Shakespeare competition.

They performed in all Spanish, which had never been done at the competition before.

The students attend Hillcrest High School, known for its award-winning theater program.

Joshua Long, who has been teaching theater at the school for 13 years, wanted to bring something new to the Shakespeare competition in Cedar City this year.

"It made me so happy to hear that happening, and seeing Shakespeare cross some of those boundaries that sometimes people think exist," Long said.

Between the three students, they performed an entire two-minute monologue and a five-minute Shakespeare scene in Spanish.

"I thought it was a really good experience," said Brenda Hernandez, one of the performers.

None of the students had done anything like this before.

"I've never done theater before, or act, so it was really hard putting myself out there," said Ligia Cortez, another performer.

The girls took 4th place in their category at the competition. The school took first in its division.

"It was really fun," said performer Wendy Herrera. "Very engaging and very energetic for me personally and definitely got to experience Shakespeare in a whole different form."

The hope is the groundbreaking performance may be just the beginning of more to come.

"It's so much fun to see the voice of our ancestors, our parents, come to life with this great author, Shakespeare," said Alero Cortez, who helped coach the girls.

The competition judges only spoke English, so they didn't understand what the girls were saying.

But one of the judges told the girls their performances was so good, that they could understand just through their actions.