"Romeo and Juliet" tickets on sale April 18

(04-14-2011)

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Tickets for the Adams State College Theatre Program's "Romeo and Juliet" go on sale Monday, April 18.

Dr. John Taylor, professor of theatre and director of the production, said: "This is going to be an exciting and entertaining production of William Shakespeare's classic love story. From its opening moments to its tragic ending, our audience will experience a rollercoaster ride of emotions as hate and love, violence and passion play out before them."

The production features a cast of thirty-three performers including San Luis Valley natives Jacob Sorling and Eleanor Smith in the title roles. Paul Kobe, Adams State music major, will provide live music throughout the show as he uses percussion instruments to underscore the action. And Mountain Valley Dance's Advanced Tap class will perform as part of the production.

While keeping Shakespeare's original text, the production is contemporary in its staging and setting. From metal pipes for weapons to a chain-swinging Tybalt, it is Shakespeare for the 21st century that will appeal to both fans of the Bard and people who have never seen a Shakespearean play.

"Romeo and Juliet" is the final event of The R&J Project: Seeking Common Ground. Through a series of educational and public events, the project has examined the role of conflict, reconciliation, and forgiveness in our lives. The project takes its name from the title of Shakespeare's play.

Taylor states: "For me, as the director, this play asks a simple but profound question. Can love rescue what hate threatens? It presents a world in which anger and violence dominate. But against all odds, Romeo and Juliet offer an alternative - love over hate."

"Romeo and Juliet" opens at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29. It also plays at 8 p.m. April 30, May 5, 6, 7 on the Main Stage; with a 2 p.m. matinee on May 8. Tickets go on sale at 2 p.m. Monday, April 18, and can be reserved in person, at the box office, or by calling 719-587-TIXX. Tickets are $10 for general public, $8 for seniors and students, $6 for children 12 and under, and free to Associated Students and Faculty.

The April 29 performance is a benefit for the Center for Restorative Programs. Tickets for that performance may be purchased by calling 719-589-5255.

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