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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Northampton High School’s Romeo & Juliet


WHAT: Northampton High School’s Romeo & Juliet
WHERE: Fayette Congville Auditorium, Northampton High School 380 Elm St, Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Nov 14-16 7pm, Nov 16 2pm

These violent delights have violent ends Northampton High School’s Romeo & Juliet gets a new look

NHS Theater takes on the eternal questions plaguing teenagers in a modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tale of young love and ancient rivalry: when is a child not a child? How do we step into adulthood? What’s too soon? What’s too late? What’s too dangerous? What’s too... beautiful?

Director Stephen Eldredge and a cast and crew of 30 NHS students have spent the past five months re-imagining the world of the play to suit the generation of Juliets, Tybalts, Mercutios and Romeos taking the stage in today’s “Globe-al” theater. While the text of the play is unaltered, the visual world is a hash of old and new: classic stone arches vie for attention with skateboards and swing sets; the graffiti-inspired artwork of Banksy compliments the exposed brick back wall of the NHS auditorium stage. Diana Paradise and Fletcher Soto’s costume designs are neo-grunge inspired, while young duelers fight with any object that comes to hand: shopping carts, plumbing parts and barbed wire necklaces all find their place in this vibrant urban landscape. The actors have made their own decisions about the gender identities and preferences of the characters they play, giving us a new twist on classic romance and immersing us in a world that, in Shakespeare’s words, “hold(s)... the mirror up to nature... show(s) virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure”. Paul Kinsman’s music composition students have composed an original score to accompany the action; there will never be another Romeo & Juliet like this one - see it before it’s too late!

by William Shakespeare Directed by Stephen Eldredge
Nov 14-16 7pm Nov 16 2pm Fayette Congville Auditorium, Northampton High School
$8 Adults $5 Students, NHS Staff and Seniors

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