Drama students gear up for coming school year September 12, 2008 — by Pia Mishra Permalink With the school year started, the drama department has sprung into gear, preparing for several productions. Soon, the drama department will begin general auditions for the fall play, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Although this classic may already seem appealing to many, the department has decided to mix it up a little. Romeo and Juliet is known for its 16th century setting and sets. This year, however, the play has been modified to represent many different time periods ranging from its original Elizabethan theme all the way to the 21st century. “The sets are going to be created to have many levels, very non specific, said drama instructor Chris Mahle. “We’re going to try to produce a set design that doesn’t refer to any certain time period.” Along with the normal rehearsals, all the actors will be given lessons in stage combat to help them develop their fighting techniques and to ensure both safety and professionalism in the production. The help of a special guest artist has been enlisted for the lessons. Apart from the fall play, the drama department is collaborating with the music department to put on the musical, Grease in February. The departments are planning to begin auditions in December.