Showtimes: Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8, 7 p.m.
On Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8, Moorestown Friends School will present Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with an interesting twist — the show will be set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Performances take place on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 in the school’s Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased at the Stokes Hall Reception Desk during school hours, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The production will use all of the same language of Shakespeare, but costuming, set design, and music will provide a non-traditional backdrop for the performance. “The great thing about Shakespeare is that the themes he uses are so universal,” said Director and Drama Teacher Mark Gornto. “In this case we chose post-Katrina New Orleans as the setting and the issue of class to demonstrate the conflict between the two households. We’re taking the ideas Shakespeare had and making them relatable to a modern audience.”
Sophomores Luke Bianco and Alexis Tsapralis are playing the title roles in Romeo and Juliet. Other leading roles are David White (Mercutio), Andayah Sams (Benvolio), Kirsten Mullen (Tybalt), Maureen Kelleher (Juliet’s Nurse), Brandon Beach (Friar Lawrence), Liz Adler (Lady Capulet), Noah Borromeo (Lord Capulet), and Trevor Golden (Paris).
Photo IDs (from left): Kirsten Mullen, Maureen Kelleher, Alexis Tsapralis, Brandon Beach, Luke Bianco, David White, and Andayah Sams.