“Here’s what love is: a smoke made out of lovers’ sighs. When the smoke clears, love is a fire burning in your lover’s eyes.”
-Romeo and Juliet Act I Scene I
Friday Nov 3 & 10 at 7 p.m.
Saturday Nov 4 & 11 @ 7 p.m.
Sunday Nov 5 & 12 @ 2 p.m.
Reservations: Email CCCHStheater@k12coffee.net
Seniors/Students $7, Adults $9
Coffee County Central High School Theater Department’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” will open this Friday and run for two weekends.
Director Chris Wagner, a chemistry teacher at the school, said that play holds a special draw to all those involved.
“It’s always a pleasure and an honor to do any Shakespeare. “I love Shakespeare, am big Shakespeare buff. If I could only do one kind of show for the rest of my life it would be Shakespeare,” he said.
When the show came up on the docket, he volunteered. Additionally, it’s a show that reinforces curriculum learned in class.
“You can get the freshmen at the Raider Academy involved and the regular students here. Shakespeare stays part of the curriculum throughout all of high school. Everybody’s familiar with it, so the hope was that you could get a lot involvement and aid the understanding – really sink our teeth into the content,” Wagner said.
The students, Wagner noted, are really eager to tackle a Shakespeare play.
“I know, when I was a young actor, it was always that elusive, something that other people did, that you can’t do. Most of our cast are jumping at it and are certainly doing well.”
For a Shakespeare play, it’s been a really tight schedule.
“They don’t know it yet, but this has been a trial by fire for [the cast],” Wagner said, admitting that usually he has about twice as long to prepare for a Shakespeare show.
“Later on when they see how long they have to prepare…they will be astounded at how much they accomplished in such little time.”
Wagner said, however, that with any show, especially Shakespeare, you could have 20 weeks to prepare and still have things you want to tweak.
“They’re productions that continue to grow. We’re really proud of ours though.”
Wagner said that the students have been very involved in bringing the characters to life.
“They plan scenes out. They spitball concepts – [adding] a ‘hey, can I do this here, because I feel my character does this kinda thing.’ ”
Wagner said that “Romeo and Juliet has a timeless appeal.
“So long as you have lovers and societal constraints, you’ll always have this story. It’s not a piece from 1592; it’s a piece from whenever you want.”
It’s that connection between the actors and the subject matter that really drives the show.
“The show is not about the props, the set or the music; it’s about the actors. I want very minimal everything else to highlight the fact that the kids are getting up there doing Shakespeare and doing a really killer job of it,” Wagner said.
If you go,
Show dates: Nov. 3-5, 10-12 at Coffee County High School