Romeo and Juliet will be performed for school audiences at the Firehall on May 2, 3, 8 and 9, 2018 at 9:30 am and at 12:30 pm.
The director, Paula Worley, directed Twelfth Night last year, Macbeth in 2015, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream in 2014.
Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s ultimate love story of young lovers who struggle to escape their controlling families. It is a powerful story of how love ends in tragedy, but finally overcomes the longstanding feud between two families. Paula Worley of Shakespeare Street Theatre, who directed Twelfth Night last year, and has extensive experience as a Shakespearean director, presents this play in a new, unique, and highly original production.
For this production, Paula Worley has chosen an older teenager to play Juliet, a more appropriate choice now, and has cut lines which say that she is younger. She has set the play in the 1930s in Verona, Ontario, where we assume the Capulets and the Montagues are wealthy industrialist families. The Capulets are anglo-francophone, so some lines are transcribed into French.
The production uses a Shakespearean thrust stage with lighting effects to set the scenes, and some actors play multiple roles, so the production and provides an excellent introduction to Shakespeare’s theatre.
Curriculum materials will be provided for teachers and students.
Romeo and Juliet will be presented for school groups on May 2, 3, 8, and 9, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. and at 12:00 p.m. Performances will be in the Firehall Theatre located behind Victoria Hall on Second Street in Cobourg. The performance, shown without an intermission, will last approximately 90 minutes and will be followed by a question-and-answer discussion with the cast and crew.
Tickets are priced at $10 per student with no charge for one teacher per class.