Anyone looking for a traditional performance of William Shakespeare’s "Romeo & Juliet" will be surprised by the Owens Campus Performing Arts Club presentation May 2-3. The performance is off-beat, off-kilter and a lot of fun.
“We enjoyed this particular version because it is much shorter, has a comedic premise, and isn’t quite so morbid,” said Candy Fortney, the club‘s president. “The other reason we liked it is that it has a sarcastic narrator character as well as the usual 'Romeo & Juliet' characters. It will be something like 'Romeo & Juliet meets 'The Princess Bride'.”
The club found this adaptation, written by Geoff Bamber and based on Shakespeare’s work, through Lazy Bee Scripts in England. The curtain rises at 7 p.m., May 2: two additional performances will be staged at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., May 3. All performances will be in the Arts & Science Center theater. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.
The play is being directed by Gayle Parolla, co-advisor for the Performing Arts Club and first-time director. Tyler Meding, an elementary education major, plays Romeo, while Nikki Fulmele, a student at the University of Delaware attending classes at the Owens Campus, plays Juliet. Fortney, a communications major, plays The Narrator.
“My experience is limited in theater, but I have learned a tremendous amount about how productions are put together and the time and dedication that is necessary for a successful play,” said Parolla. “I have such a great cast and they work very well together. I’m excited to see this come together and have three very successful performances.”
This will be the second straight lead role for Meding after appearing in the fall production of "The Importance of Being Earnest."
“It feels great getting a chance to portray a well-known character like Romeo,” said Meding. “The thing I really enjoy about this play is how fun the script is. I know the crowd will really enjoy the humor in this play.”
Fulmele is new to the Performing Arts Club and new to being the lead in any play.
“Being Juliet feels awesome,” she said. “In high school I was in the Shakespeare version as a smaller part, so that gave me a good amount of insight into the character types.”
Fortney had the starring role in last spring’s "Alice - An Experience in Wonderland."
“My role as The Narrator is a little out of my comfort zone,” she said. “The Narrator is a little spitfire and basically says what she wants and has a very strong personality. There are going to be a lot of surprises for the audience and I can’t wait for people to experience them.”
For more information, or to order advance tickets, go to go.dtcc.edu/owenspac.