Romeo and Juliet
23 actors. 3 sword fights. 2 star-crossed lovers. 1 poison vial. 1 last kiss. Unmissable
Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of doomed young lovers is among the most enduring dramatic works in the English language. In this very fast (90-minute) production, the timeless tale is presented simply and clearly. Its humour and bawdiness, angst and pathos is presented as can only be expressed by a cast of 20-year-old actors. Juliet, childlike and innocent, succumbs to the hot-blooded Romeo’s overtures and their fate is cast...
This high-energy adaptation eschews elaborate production values and focuses instead on brave acting on a bare stage. The music is taken from Prokofiev’s pulsing ballet score. There is a balcony kissed with moonlight. And yes, there will be sword fights.
Fitchburg State University boasts an award-winning theatre programme in Massachusetts, USA. The university has brought four other productions to the Fringe: The Tempest in 2000, The Call of the Wild in 2003, The Laramie Project in 2006 and Pullman Car Hiawatha in 2009. Romeo and Juliet features a cast of 25 talented university students.
In Order of Appearance
|Lady Capulet||Shannon Gugarty|
|Lady Montague,||Rachel Ide|
|Friar Lawrence||McKegg Collins|
|Women of Verona||Jamie Hayes|
|Stage Manager||Chris Gonsalves|
|Ass't Stage Manager||Krystal Dawson|
|Fight Choreographer||Kelly Morgan|
|Set and Lighting||Cap Corduan|
Applause for 'Romeo and Juliet'
By Linda Costa
Members of the Fitchburg State theater program have taken their final bows to close the curtain on a production of “Romeo and Juliet” that ran Nov. 15-20 in the McKay Theater.
A comedic twist was added to the classic tragedy, partially courtesy of leading man Tommy Karner’s vibrant portrayal of Romeo. A sophomore, Karner gave a performance that was well suited to the play’s saucy style.
As the object of Romeo’s affection, junior Kim Connor portrayed Juliet in a way that conveyed the youthful passion of first love.
Fitchburg alum Michele Ederton blew the audience away in the role of Juliet’s nurse and confidante*. This is perhaps not surprising, since she has won the National Mark Twin Comedy Acting Award.
The stage chemistry between Karner’s Romeo and Ian Vincent’s Mercutio, Romeo’s trusted pal, sent the audience into roars of laughter.
Directing the play was Richard McElvain, a professor in the theater track of the English Studies department.
Between the cast’s hard work and the play’s fostering of talent, “Romeo and Juliet” certainly deserves a round of applause.
*The role of Juliet's Nurse will be played by Dominique Bertel at the Fringe Festival
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By Bonnie J. Toomey
C too (Main House) venue 4
12-18 Aug at 18:00 (1hr30)
Tickets £9.50-£11.50 / Concessions £7.50-£9.50 / children £5.50-£7.50 (recommended 12+)
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