Temple High School Theatre Arts Department will present William Shakespeare's classic Romeo & Juliet November 15-18 in the Temple High School Auditorium.
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Evening performances (8 p.m.) will be Thursday-Friday-Saturday, November 15-16-17. A matinee performance (2 p.m.) will be Sunday, November 18. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and $15 for reserved seats (first six rows, only available online). CLICK HERE to order tickets online.
This classic story takes place in Verona, Italy where two families (the Montagues and the Capulets) are fighting. The families have hated one another for a long time. At the beginning of the play the Prince of Verona (Byron Matthews) warns both families that anyone caught fighting in the streets of Verona will be sentenced to death.
One of the main characters is named Romeo Montague (Eliah Fihn). Romeo is usually peaceful and interested more in love than in fighting. At the beginning of the play Romeo tells his cousin Benvolia (Megan Foutz) and his friend Mercutio (Spencer Tolleson) that he is sick with love for a girl who won’t love him back. Benvolia and Mercutio encourage him to forget about her and go with them to a costume party a the house of Capulet. They know it will be dangerous because they are Montagues, but they think it will be fun.
The Capulets have one daughter named Juliet (Bonnie Langthorn) and hope she will agree to marry Count Paris. When the Capulets' nephew, Tybalt (Josh Petersen), discovers that there are Montagues at the party, he becomes enraged but is told to leave them alone to enjoy the party.
While Romeo is at the party he meets Juliet. He falls instantly in love with her and is sad to hear that she is the daughter of his family’s enemy. Romeo decides to risk his life and sneaks to Juliet’s bedroom window to speak with her. While he watches and listens to Juliet, Romeo learns that she is in love with him too. They speak at the window and make plans to secretly get married even though their families are enemies. The next day Romeo and Juliet go to Friar Laurence (Eric Southerland) who agrees to marry them. Friar Laurence hopes their marriage will help to bring peace to the families.
On the way home from the wedding Tybalt, who is still angry that the Montagues came to the Capulet party, challenges Romeo to a duel in the street. Romeo refuses to fight him. Mercutio agrees to fight Tybalt instead. Romeo tries to stop the fight and accidentally gets in the way. Tybalt stabs Mercutio and Mercutio dies. Romeo is so angry and sad that Mercutio is dead that he kills Tybalt. Benvolia begs Romeo to run away from Verona so that the Prince of Verona can’t sentence him to death.
Juliet is sad to hear of her cousin’s death, but she is even more sad to hear that her husband Romeo must leave Verona. She has another problem, too. Her father is forcing her to marry Count Paris. She goes to Friar Laurence for advice. Friar Laurence gives Juliet a special type of poison. The poison will make her fall into a very deep sleep, but everyone will think she is dead. Friar Laurence plans to send a message to Romeo so that he can come back to Verona and meet Juliet when she wakes up in her family’s tomb. Then they can leave Verona and be together.
Juliet follows her part of the plan, but something goes very wrong. Friar Laurence’s message never makes it to Romeo. Instead, Romeo hears that Juliet is dead. Romeo returns to Verona with a very strong poison. He goes to Juliet in the tomb, drinks the poison, and dies. When Juliet wakes up she finds Romeo laying next to her. She is so sad that she takes his dagger and kills herself.
CLICK HERE for the Information Page which has a complete list of the cast and production staff.