Romeo & Juliet


Nov. 10-12 @7pm

This famous couple has graced many a stage from middle school to Broadway and even Hollywood sound stages. It has been set to music (West Side Story), modernized (thank you Baz Luhrmann!) and borrowed for anything from television sit coms to commercials.

I realized that asking the average high school show audience to sit through a three hour tragedy might be pushing their bounds of appreciation and patience, so I cut this sacred play almost in half— sorry Bill; however, I kept all of the mushy scenes and fights. I also placed the action of this familiar tale in West Virginia coal country around the 1940’s.

My original theme was the Hatfields versus the McCoys but having produced Sixteen Tons (a collection of plays surrounding the rise of the coal mining industry) a few years ago, I wanted to revisit that concept.

Our opening scene takes place in front of the Capulet mine as the Montagues (miners) end their shift. I know what you’re thinking: what about both families being alike in dignity? They are. Both have strong family pride rather than equal wealth.

We are keeping the language but having a ball with the mountain dialect. To assist with the intimacy and mood of the piece, we have invited you to join us on stage and have asked Rich Munroe to accompany us with his amazing string music.

Rich has added that professional polish to four other productions and this is his last one with us as he retires this year. Thanks coach! We hope you enjoy our version of this bitter sweet story.

Cary Nothnagel†