Modern ‘Romeo and Juliet’ finishes with high praise

December 2, 2008 — by Pia Mishra

After performances on Nov. 20, 21, 22, 23 and a preview during sixth period on Nov. 19 “Romeo and Juliet” concluded their production. Overall, the cast was very proud of and the production.

“ It was a really good production. I got a lot out of it because I put a lot into it,” said sophomore Jay Lee, who played Mercutio.

Many of the newcomers to the production enjoyed their experiences. Freshman Madison Emery felt that the cast was very welcoming.

“It was great to be part of the production. The rehearsals were so much fun and the cast members were always so nice,” said Emery.

The production incorporated many of the modern elements director Chris Mahle had mentioned earlier during the development of the play. The Capulets and Montagues both donned in fishnet stockings, short skirts and tattoos. The sets were also simple and brown. Despite their outfits, the actors stayed true to the Shakespearean dialogue, which they had worked on immensely with Mahle with English teacher Bill Peck. The traditional fight scenes were also well executed and believable.

“The fight scenes were really well choreographed and looked really realistic,” said sophomore Synthia Ling.

The play had a full house almost every performance. Now that “Romeo and Juliet” has ended, Mahle is beginning to prepare for the upcoming musical, which is currently set to be performed in February 2009.

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