Rochester, N.Y. - All the world was a stage for some local students Sunday at the Rochester High School Shakespeare Competition.
Many took on the complex monologues and sonnets from classics like "Romeo and Juliet" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in front of a panel of judges.
One performer says he's been interested in Shakespeare's work since middle school.
"Just the intensity of the language and speech was super intriguing and I don't know, I just sorta got into it and I was a performer before that," said Harley School sophomore Richard Simon.
It's a mid-winter night's dream for the winner, who gets an all expense paid trip to New York City for the national competition.