Romeo & Juliet Tour
Free Shakespeare in the park ~ June 16-July 1, 2018
Romeo & Juliet
Recommended for grades 6-12, 75 minutes
The Shakespeare All-Stars is a touring theatrical ensemble dedicated to making Shakespeare accessible and entertaining to students (and grown-ups!) of all ages, backgrounds, and prior knowledge of Shakespeare. This year, we are excited to offer a full, 75-minute touring production of Romeo & Juliet to schools in the Chicagoland area! Give your students a theatrical and educational experience they won’t forget – and get them hooked on Shakespeare in the process!
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Eight actors present Romeo & Juliet with music, storytelling, and sword fighting in this 75-minute version of Shakespeare's famous love story. We also offer workshops, led by our experienced teaching artists, that enhance the educational experience. For more information about workshops, look below in our workshop section!
ABOUT THE ALL-STARS:
The All-Stars inspire, entertain, and educate diverse audiences through live performances, workshops, and school programs. We enliven Shakespeare’s plays in a fresh accessible way by suiting “the action to the word, the word to the action.”
In addition to our production of Romeo & Juliet, the Shakespeare All-Stars offer in-school residencies, workshops, and our customizable Shakespeare Shorts!, an hour-long performance comprised of some of Shakespeare’s best scenes and can include scenes from play you are teaching.
LEARN MORE about our residencies, workshops, or Shakespeare Shorts!
Contact Arin Mulvaney at email@example.com or 773-289-2374.
Suit the Action to the Word Students explore Shakespeare’s language by bringing the words to life. This workshop helps students comprehend complex text by discovering hints within the dialogue through literary devices such as iambic pentameter, alliteration, and irony. By exploring the text out loud and using gestures, students gain a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s characters, plots, and themes. Recommended for Drama and English classes.
Do You Bite Your Thumb at Me? Students learn how professional actors begin choreographing fights for the stage, starting with the golden rule of stage combat: safety first, safety second, safety last! This workshop will teach your students a handful of basic stage combat moves while practicing safety, eye contact, body control, and partner work (also, safety!) Students will have the opportunity to perform a short fight scene using Shakespeare’s text to drive the action. Recommended for Drama and P.E. classes.
Shakespeare in Modern Day Students look at modern adaptations of Shakespeare and the impact his work has on our culture. This workshop will delve into various literary and artistic forms that have been inspired by Shakespeare’s collection of work, such as: poetry, novels, films, dance, theatre, and language. Recommended for Drama, English, and Social Studies students.
Each of our workshops is taught by one of our professional teaching artists, all of whom have experience working with students K-12. We can work with the curriculum you are currently focusing on in the classroom.
BOOK THE-ALL STARS!
For pricing, booking, or other inquiries, please contact our Artistic Director, Arin Mulvaney, at firstname.lastname@example.org! We look forward to hearing from you, and introducing your students to the wonderful world of Shakespeare!
Romeo & Juliet originally played at Touhy Park June 16, 17, 30 and July 1, and at Gross Park June 23 & 24, 2018.
Director Sam Cheeseman says, "Although they were created hundreds of years ago, the characters in the world of Romeo and Juliet are some of the most realistic characters Shakespeare ever wrote. Perhaps that is why the unfounded hatred between the two households feels so tangible and real. Or perhaps it is because strife between groups of people feels all too familiar today. We will tell this story until it kills us, and then we will tell it again."
Blair Prince Juliet
P. Tyler Nielsen Romeo
Brianna Joy Ford Chorus/Friar/Prince
Nick Mayes Mercutio/Abraham/Friar John
Jessie Ellingsen Capulet/Gregory
Arin Mulvaney Nurse/Sampson
Grace Hutchings Benvolio
Spencer Althoff Tybalt/Servant/Apothecary
Director Sam Cheeseman
Assistant Director Bianca Phipps
Stage Manager Jessica Woodburn
Music Joe Sergio
Fight Choreography Emily Shimskey & Emma Jo Boyden
Design Team Arin Mulvaney & Jessica Woodburn
Graphic Design Dan Osborn