Romeo & JulietLiteracy History
A CD with vocal tracks for listening to & learning, plus backing tracks for dances & performances, is user-friendly for all teachers & pupils! Musical styles include classical, waltz, rock, tango, blues & ballad.
Ages: 9 to 15, Duration: 50 to 60 minutes
Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet meet and fall in love, despite an ancient grudge between their powerful families. Helped by Juliet’s well-meaning nurse and Friar Lawrence, the couple secretly marry. But Romeo has been banished by Prince Escalus for killing Tybalt, a Capulet, who killed Romeo's friend, Mercutio. A message fails to reach Romeo saying that Juliet is in an induced coma and not dead, as he later believes. In the end everyone pays a heavy price for an 'ancient grudge'.
This tragedy shows the importance of love and friensdhip over prejudice and aggression. A wide range of songs and dances bring the story to life. Careful editing of the original text make it suitable for young pupils to take part in or watch. An alternative shorter Rhyming Script is also available. The Director's Book contains both, so teachers can choose the most suitable one for their pupils. Each version provides an excellent introduction for young performers or students learning English as a foreign language.
Solo speaking & Group singing: 25 to 50 (* = Solo singing)
House of Escalus:Prince Escalus, Paris, Mercutio*; Montagues: Romeo*, Lord Montague, Lady Montague, Benvolio, Balthasar, Abraham; Capulets: Juliet*, Lord Capulet*, Lady Capulet*, Tybalt*, Paris, Nurse*, Peter, Gregory, Sampson; Others: Friar Lawrence*, Friar John, Apothecary
Choruses: Attendants, Pages, Maskers, Guards, CitizensCROSS-CURRICULAR CONTENT:
Shakespeare, Tragedy, Drama, Romance, Poetry, Theatre: Historic People & Places, 16th Century Italy, Elizabethan Literature: Relationships, Conflict & Resolution, Differences & Similarities, Bullying, Adolescence, Medicinal Herbs, Religion
Reviews: I would just like to thank you for writing some wonderful musicals – of which I have only directed Romeo and Juliet but I love your style and above all, I really appreciate that you also make your shows suitable for older children. - Lynette Gridley
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