Romeo and Juliet coming soon!
October 3, 2011By Amy Dreibelbis of West Noble High School
Mark you calendars now for Theatre33's fall production of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" set to be performed Friday and Saturday, October 21-22 at 7:00 P.M. and Sunday, October 23 at 2:00 P.M. at the West Noble High School auditeria. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. There is geneneral seating and the box office opens one hour prior to the performances.
Forbidden love and impulsive decision making fill Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." From the beginning, we never know why the Capulets and Montagues hate each other; however, we do know that their children, Juliet and Romeo are destined to fall in love.
The moonlight masks reality and influences idealistic choices; conversely, in the daylight, things are different. Like fire and water, the Capulets and Montagues do not mix. Alone, both are powerful forces - useful and destructive. Unable to reconcile and forgive, the two powers destroy each other.
"Romeo and Juliet" is thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy, and is estimated to be his thirteenth play.
The basic story of the fueuding families and forbidden lovers comes from Pyramus and Thisbe from Ovid's "Metamorphoses. These two characters of Roman mythology whose love story of ill-fated lovers is also a sentimental romance. Shekespeare also references "Pyamus and Thisbe" in his comedy, "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Shakespeare's tragedy plays illustrate a character flaw or trait that leads to the death or downfall of that character. In "Romeo and Juliet" many decisions are made quickly, often under the haze of the moonlight. It is not just the youth who make quick decisions: the Friar's decision to wed Juliet and Romeo in hopes of ending the fued; Lord Capulet's decision to have Juliet marry Paris to cheer her up; the Prince's decree to put to death anyone who fights again in the streets.
"Romeo and Juliet" gives us perspective at a distance and makes us stop and think about what is influencing our decisions; are we seeing things clearly in the light of day?
Come see Theatre33's "Romeo & Juliet" with senior Madeline Powell as Juliet and junior River Denman as Romeo. Call Directors Cliff Schwartz or Amy Dreibelbis with questions 260-894-3191 or visit ihigh.com\westnoble.