Friday, May 20, 2011

Romeo and Juliet

One Performance Only!

The Wellington Street Theatre Project presents Shakespeare's
most popular play at Sydenham Street United Church for one
performance only Wednesday July 27th 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.

Juliet's balcony

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Tickets can be purchased online at and or at the door.

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'.

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. 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.

Below Hannah Smith and Bonnie McLeod in rehearsal as Juliet and the nurse

A Wellington Street Theatre Project Production in
association with Bottle Tree Productions.

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