Curtain Call

 

Shadow W. (12) (as Romeo) clutches Molly B. (9) (as Juliet) at the dramatic close of Romeo and Juliet.

Shadow W. (12) (as Romeo) clutches Molly B. (9) (as Juliet) at the dramatic close of Romeo and Juliet.

This year the drama club takes their own twist on the Shakespeare play of Romeo & Juliet. Director Michael Wadham kept all the classic elements of the play from its romantic love scenes to the fierce swordplay.

However, Wadham provided a few of his own elements. With the entire cast starting each act to the whispering of the chorus throughout the play.

The addition of music provided setting for the mood that made the play seem less of a scripted rehashing of the same old story to something that the cast can call its own. With an extended stage to breathe new life in exciting swordplay and hilarious tangent of Mercutio, the actors of the play have taken a proven classic and made it their own.

Other than the play itself, the cast did a fantastic job in their performances, but for some this is a bittersweet moment.

“I’ve been doing plays for all four years in high school and this is it, I will miss all of it, ” Shadow W. (12), Romeo, said.

Many of the actors will miss the months that it took them to learn their parts as they became more of a family than just a collection of people.

“It was great working with a lot of people and bonding with them,” Nathan K. (10), Friar Laurence, said.

The play was not an easy experience for these actors as they had to learn more about the way Shakespeare had written the play.

“I enjoyed to learn about Shakespeare and the style of his plays,” Bennett D. (9), Mercutio, said.

However the lines weren’t the only hard aspect to learn about the play.

“It took me about one month to learn my lines and three months to learn my sword fighting,” Joel T. (11), Tybalt, said.

Wadham will be directing the spring musical, Once Upon a Mattress, which will premiere March 21-23 in the OHS auditorium.

By: Drew Lipowicz

lipowicz.drew@oakwoodschools.org

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One Response to “Curtain Call”
  1. Joe Owens says:

    I am thankful Shakespeare has not been sidelined due to our misguided bend toward standards of learning that marginalize the arts and music. Thank God you have people willing to carry the classics into the twenty first century by teaching their love of such to the students.

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