SALISBURY HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE
Salisbury High School theatre is offering a musical twist with its spring production of "Romeo and Juliet: a musical tragedy" which opens 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, just in time for Valentine's Day. It continues 7:30 Feb. 16 and 2 p.m Feb. 17. All performances are at Salisbury High School.
Director for the play is Will Windsor Erwin, Peter Sikalias is the choreographer and assistant director, Lucille Kincaid is the music director and CJ Matz is the scenic designer.
"I knew I wanted to use Shakespeare, but knew the students would be a bit apprehensive," Erwin said. "It's not that they aren't bright, because believe me these are some of the brightest students around, but Shakespeare can be intimidating to the most experienced of actors. If done poorly, Shakespeare's plays can seem long, wordy and sadly, boring. We decided we wanted to trim the play down and add songs in place of some of the long and sometimes repetitive moments of the play."
Erwin said they created the score using songs from contemporary pop culture, standards and the musical theatre canon. He said what the audience will witness "is a one-of-a-kind collaboration and one I am extremely proud to have been a part of."
Romeo is played by senior Alan Mendez who is looking forward to the performance.
"It is the first time I have been on stage where I haven't played a bad guy," Mendez said.
Juliet is played by sophomore Hali Letlow.
"This is my first lead role so it is very exciting," Letlow said. "I am both nervous and excited."
Other cast members include Adam Kancsal, Austin Watson, John Leiderman, Carolyn Boulay, Shannon Pennella, Meagan Eripret, Shannon Cornish, Tommy Walters, Connor Harrison, Asia Letlow, Sydney Simitz, Sinjon Bartel, Tyler Lesko, Marlon Moraga, Jason Carne, Julie Trinidad, Taylor Heverly, Abby Garrigan, Danny Walters, Kelly Garrigan, Joe Skibbens, AJ Foulke, Melissa Zong, Lexi Chladny, Emily Ferrol, Kaleigh Bobeck, Colin Smith, Sophie Niesenbaum, Haley Bergstrom, Casey Creveling and Kayla Young.
Kincaid is assisted musically by Creveling, guitar; Peder Halvorsen, bass; Mark Marina, drums; and Sara Reichard, flute.
Chris West is in charge of light design, Julie Bolton assisted with set dressings, Kim Harrison was responsible for showcase photos and Dawn Mendez assisted with the program.
Tickets are still available for the production by emailing Salisbury.email@example.com or by contacting Salisbury Director of Student Activities Monica Deeb at 610-797-4107, ext. 2504.