High school and college students from Wilton and surrounding towns will appear in this summer's student production of William Shakespeare's timeless classic Romeo and Juliet.
From comedy to tragedy, Kevin McGuire and Mat Young return to the Wilton Playshop fresh off the heels of their hilarious performance in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare; Abridged. McGuire and Young are acting in and directing Romeo and Juliet for Wilton Playshop's Summer Student Series.
The timeless classic tells the tale of forbidden love. The feud between the Montagues and Capulets prevent the two teenage lovers from being together. From heartache and deep love to strong and powerful family feuds, the play shows stark differences between social classes but, in the end, proves that even a heated and intense family feud cannot prevail over true love.
McGuire is playing Prince Escalus of Verona, and Young portrays the patriarch of the House of Capulet in the production. The duo has given this version a fresh new twist by making it a bit more contemporary. They have cast actors in non-traditional gender roles, as well, which adds to the intrigue.
The star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet are played by Jack Mason and Annabelle Fox, both of Wilton.
The sets for the production are 1930s-style industrial sets and the costume design features colorfully outfitted Capulets contrasted with black-and-white frocked Montagues.
This year's summer show is almost entirely student-run. The cast helped with sets, lighting, costumes, props, staging and public relations.
Other cast members include Sarah Anderson, Jack Bender, Michelle Cinguina, Hilary Clifford, Christopher Dehn, Nicholas Dehn, Katie Keating, Kelly Kesler, Christopher Kozlowski, Jenna Mason, Bridget Sirotnak, Eric Smolen and Amy Sullivan. Brianna Bowman of Bethel and Emma Sacchetti of Norwalk are also in the cast.
The show's Producer is Sharon Anderson and Chris Randazzo is the Technical Director.
With so many talented local thespians, a comtemporary production, and non-traditional casting, the show is not to be missed. It runs through July 31.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. To order tickets or for more information go to the Playshop's website or call at (203) 762-7629.