Sidelined by COVID-19 and unable to current a spring manufacturing in 2020, the Vagabond Gamers at William Blount Excessive College and theater instructor Haley Miller are greater than able to get again at it.
They’ve even chosen one of many Shakespeare’s most iconic and best-loved performs, “Romeo and Juliet.” It’s sometimes called the “biggest love story ever instructed,” mentioned junior Meredith Wynn, who performs Juliet.
Wynn mentioned she’s acted in a single different Shakespeare play, “A Midsummer Night time’s Dream,” and typically struggled with the plot. That’s not the case right here.
“This can be a fairly self-explanatory story,” the actor mentioned.
“Romeo and Juliet” is about in Verona, Italy, and follows the story of two feuding households, the Montagues and Capulets. The younger Romeo is a member of the Montagues; Juliet is the daughter of Capulet and Girl Capulet. They fall in love and marry in secrecy with the assistance of their buddy, Friar Laurence.
Wynn describes her character as younger and naive in relation to love; she is about to marry Rely Paris, who has been given Capulet’s blessing. At first, Juliet agrees to no less than get to know Paris, however when she lays eyes on Romeo at her father’s feast, she falls immediately for Romeo as he does for her.
“She is smarter than Romeo regardless of their ages,” Wynn mentioned. Juliet is just 13, and Romeo, about 18. Wynn mentioned Juliet exhibits extra maturity and cares about what her mother and father assume.
Ryley Thames, a senior, performs Romeo. He mentioned after studying and researching his character, he got here away with a way that Romeo is somebody who rushes from one feeling to a different and makes selections swiftly.
“He’s all over,” Thames mentioned. “He’s unhappy one minute after which deeply in love the following. A typical teenager.”
Miller waited till February to even choose a play as a result of there was at all times the possibility it may get canceled, like final spring’s “Excessive College Musical.” These Vagabond Gamers have been properly on their method with that one when the pandemic shut it down.
There have been digital days, climate issues and even a gasoline leak that saved college students at house this semester, however they’ve continued to maneuver ahead. Rehearsals have been held for weeks and the actors are desirous to take the stage.
To make sure the present may go on if somebody fell ailing, Miller solid two Romeos and two Juliets. The understudies for these roles are being performed by juniors Allison Raper and Derrick East.
Raper and Wynn mentioned they’ve studied one another’s performing and hope to current the identical present to all audiences of their function as Juliet. Raper and East will carry out within the 2 p.m. present on Saturday, April 10.
East mentioned he was one of many actors who was imagined to be in “Excessive College Musical” final spring. The junior mentioned getting this opportunity is one he actually appreciates.
The 2 Romeos do convey completely different skills to the stage. Wynn and Raper describe Thames as a younger man exhibiting his confidence and depth. East, they mentioned, brings extra of the pet love facet to the character.
A person with a plan
It’s Friar Laurence who appears to be the reliable and useful grownup who solely needs happiness for Romeo and Juliet. The character is performed by Collin Hood, a senior. It’s Friar Laurence who comes up with the thought for Juliet to ingest what others will assume is poison. The plan is for her to get up from the potion and reside fortunately ever after with Romeo.
Romeo and Juliet are married in secret by Friar Laurence, who doesn’t inform a soul what he has completed or the plan with the potion.
“Clearly the friar does numerous potion making,” Hood mentioned. “Juliet is being pressured to marry Paris though she is secretly married to Romeo. She is devastated. She says she is actually prepared to die reasonably than marry Paris. That’s when my character says possibly we will make that occur, however not likely. He presents her the pretend poison.”
It’s The Nurse, performed by Zoe Stiles, who finds Juliet after she takes the potion. Stiles mentioned her character is dedicated to the Capulets and Juliet. She is the one who virtually raises Juliet and tries to persuade her the most effective factor to do is marry Paris.
“That’s the solely method she may preserve from getting thrown out on the street,” Stiles mentioned. That’s the destiny Juliet’s father described if she did not marry Paris, who’s royalty and due to this fact wealthy.
Jacob Scott is starring within the function of Paris. He mentioned the younger man just isn’t that shiny and likewise pushy. He’s accepting of the organized marriage to Juliet.
Scott’s favourite scene within the play is when he and Romeo present up at Juliet’s tomb on the identical time. Romeo was imagined to be banished from the world for killing Tybalt.
“It’s a very indignant combat scene,” Scott mentioned. “Very cathartic.”
There are 5 individuals who find yourself lifeless on this one — Romeo and Juilet, after all, together with Tybalt, Mercutio and Paris. The play, heralded as one of many biggest love tales, can be a tragedy of nice proportions.
The ultimate principal characters are Dana Patterson, who performs Mercutio; Avery Williams as Benvolio; and Alyson Ament as Tybalt. All three females are enjoying male roles.
The youngest of them is Benvolio, who is just 12. Williams mentioned she loves being this character who must be the voice of cause and a peacekeeper at instances.
Mercutio is the free spirit, Patterson defined. He’s the one who tries to persuade Romeo to play the sector and weigh his choices as a substitute of falling for one lady.
Ament was acquainted with this Shakespeare play like everybody else who learn it in highschool. She mentioned the characters weren’t delved into at school the way in which they’re on stage. “There are numerous double and triple meanings in there,” she mentioned.
That Romeo doesn’t even carry a sword is telling, Ament mentioned. He kills three individuals, together with himself, and does it with different individuals’s weapons.
Miller and her solid of actors and people behind the scenes are persevering with to place the ending touches on this manufacturing, meant to be loved by these center college age and up. Along with the deception, shock, battle and tragedy discovered there, viewers members additionally shall be handled to some lighthearted moments, great costumes and singing, these solid members mentioned.
Wynn and Raper have the hardest function, everybody agrees. Juliet strikes from a lady of 13 to what looks like a lady of 30 in mere days, dropping her lover and taking her personal life in the long run.
“It’s a timeless story,” Hood mentioned. “Everybody loves a love story.”