SUU’S Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
To Present Shakespeare's Classic Tale of Romance Romeo and Juliet
Trevor Messenger as Romeo and Carly Skanky as Juliet in SUU's production of Romeo and Juliet. Photo: Asher J. Swan
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: It has stood the test of time to become the world’s most beloved romantic tragedy, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance presents the Bard’s masterpiece September 26, 27, 28 and October 4 and 5, 2013 at the Adams Shakespearean Theatre on the SUU campus in Cedar City. Curtain time is 7:30pm for all performances. The production will be directed by Peter Sham and kicks off the 2013-2014 Theatre Arts & Dance Season.
Possibly the most famous of all Shakespeare’s plays, Romeo and Juliet is undoubtedly the most famous love story in Western literature. The Montagues and the Capulets of Verona, Italy, are in the midst of a long-standing feud when Romeo Montague along with his companions crash a masquerade party hosted by the Capulets. He is instantly smitten with Juliet Capulet who likewise returns his ardor. Their romance, however, soon unleashes a series of tragic events that no could have foretold. Rich with classic moments such as the balcony scene and some of the Bard’s finest romantic verse, Romeo and Juliet remains a classic coming-of-age love story that resonates in today’s world more than ever.
According to Peter Sham, Associate Chair of SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance and co-creator of Lend Me A Tenor The Musical and A Christmas Carol On The Air, “I’ve decided to tell this story in a world, where everything that’s beautiful has died. Whenever war is the backdrop, tragedy can only be the outcome. And, as it takes two to love, it also takes two to war. For me, this is a play of ‘twos.’ Two households: Capulets and Montagues, two star-crossed lovers: Romeo & Juliet, love and hate, Mercutio and Tybalt, youth and establishment, and life and death. I wanted to find a way to tell this story in a place that exists ‘somewhere’ in time and space. Set in the post-war 1950s, our unique production takes place in a kind of Twilight Zone where Friar Laurence, who represents the religious pulse of the world inside the tragic world, strives to keep the peace, while The Apothecary, like a strange fate sister, serves as a kind of storyteller that looks at the tragic world from an outside, almost otherworldly eye.”
Collaborating with Sham on developing his vision are set and lighting designer Jarrod Bray, costume designer Keilani Gleave, hair and make-up designer McKenzie Parks, sound designer Brad Gowers, and props master Alana Pichot. Jessica Phillips is the assistant director, Jana Kim is choreographer and Marco Vega is fight choreographer, while Shae Nicholas serves as stage manager.
The cast features Carly Skankey as Juliet and Trevor Messenger as Romeo, the tragedy’s star-crossed lovers. The company includes Tony Carter (Mercutio), Madison Ford (Lady Capulet), Frank Gasparro (Benvolio), Madisen Hayes (Nurse), Sceri Ivers (Apothecary), Amber James (Balthasar), Harrison Lamb (Lord Montague), Nate Marble (Lord Capulet), Nathan Smith (Friar Laurence), Marco Vega (Tybalt) and Christopher Whiteside (Paris). Rounding out the cast in multiple roles are Holly Barrick, Kaitlyn Curry, Josh Durfey, Harrison Lamb, Spencer McFadden-Castro, Hallie Merrill, Paris Moore, Colton Needles and Alec Terberg.
Experience the world’s greatest love story. Ticket prices are: $10 General Admission; $8 SUU Faculty/Staff, $5 Youth and free for SUU students with a valid ID. Money-saving season subscriptions are available for Theatre Arts & Dance Series (which includes seven events) at $38.50.
A new pricing option available this year is The CPVA Flex Pass. This flexible pass offers six admissions to any theatre, dance or music event and can be used for a single entrance to a production or can be used to admit six people to one event. The pass can be used in any multiples for CPVA ticketed events. For tickets, subscriptions, or the Flex Pass, call the SUU Ticket Office at (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm, or purchase in person at the Centrum Arena box office. Single tickets may be purchased online at www.suu.edu/arts.The 2013-2014 Theatre Arts & Dance Series includes the holiday favorite Peter Sham and Brad Carroll’s A Christmas Carol on the Air featuring Fred C. Adams as “Scrooge,” Bat Boy The Musical (Advisory: adult themes and language), and in rotating repertory the romantic musical The Fantasticks! and Oscar Wilde’s comedy of manners, An Ideal Husband. This series also includes two dance concerts Breaking Bounds and Journeys.