T-Birds Add a Twist to the Classic Shakespearean Tale

Published: September 23, 2013 | Read Time: 2 minutes

It has stood the test of time to become the world’s most beloved romantic tragedy, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Southern Utah University’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance presents the Bard’s masterpiece, but adding a special T-Bird twist to the classic tale.

Set in the post-war 1950s, the unique production takes place in a tragic world where only tragedy can be the outcome. To see the new take on the old tale, come to one of the five performances. Beginning on Thursday, September 26 and again on the 27, 28 and October 4 and 5. Curtain time for all performance is 7:30 p.m. in the Adams Shakespearean Theatre.

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 becomes smitten with Juliet Capulet. Not to spoil the ending for you, go see one of the five performance to learn how the Bard’s finest romantic tale unwinds.

According to Director Sham, associate chair of the 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.”

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.

Experience the world’s greatest love story with ticket prices $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 is available this year; the CPVA Flex Pass offers six admissions to any theatre, dance or music event. It can be used for a single entrance to a production or can be used to admit six people to one event. For tickets, subscriptions, or the Flex Pass, call the SUU Ticket Office at (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or purchase in person at the Centrum Arena box office. Single tickets may be purchased online at www.suu.edu/pva.

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