By Denise DuBois
O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
Hear these most famous Shakespearean words as the Smiths Station Department of Theatre presents Romeo and Juliet May 3-5 at 7 p.m. ET each night. Admission is $7 and tickets can be purchased at the school’s box office or from members of the theatre department. The show will be at Smiths Station High School’s theatre.
In the unique staging, scenes are set up along each wall of the box-type theatre with audience seating in front of the scenes. The student-actors will perform in the center of the box, giving the audience the real feel of being in the middle of the quarrels between the Capulets and Montagues.
“This show is more educational. It’s geared toward a high school audience,” said theatre director Shaun Fuller. “It’s a 90-minute cutting as opposed to everything that makes it a five act play. It’s cut down to the essentials. I can tell you the theme of our show is ‘make your own fate.’ They designed a world that has been destroyed by all the hate and all the fighting. The love of the two of them is what brings the world back together by the end of it.”
Students built the sets and designed the costumes for the show. Putting it together took about three months, Fuller said.
For a night of sword fighting, moonlit whispers and an unforgettable ending, join the theatre department for the show.