The Wellington Street Theatre Project presents Shakespeare’s most popular play at Sydenham Street United Church for one performance only:
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Tickets are $20/adults. $15/seniors & students. $12/children 12 and under.
Group rates available for eight or more. $10/person.
Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s popular story of young love set against a back drop of gang violence in Italy. Two families; the Capulets and the Montagues are battling each other for control in the ancient city of Verona. Romeo and Juliet fall in love despite the fact that their families are sworn enemies. Their secret romance turns the gears of this tragedy of ‘star-crossed lovers.’
Director Charles Robertson says, “Sydenham Street United Church is a great environment to do a classical play. In many ways it mirrors old European theatres.” Over the years, Romeo and Juliet has been performed in a multitude of environments, including theatres, parks and bridges. Robertson went on to say that, “A friend of mine; Lynne Rafter, directed Romeo and Juliet in a former hostel in Toronto as a punk take on the bard’s work. Many young people write poetry as a way of healing their wounded souls. Romeo and Juliet rises above other hurting heart tales because the poetry with its rigid rules and rhythms much like a romantic ballad can more easily tug at the emotions. Prose cannot possibly reach the heights of emotions like poetry can. In Hannah Smith, who has won 13 awards for acting in her very young career and Alex Whitehead, an accomplished actor who also happens to be the current provincial fencing champion, we have two very talented leads. These young actors are just the latest in a long line of talented young actors that I have had the pleasure of working with.”