Romeo & JulietLiterature History
This musical is an excellent introduction for children to Shakespeare, bringing it to life with dramatic songs and dances. The story shows how love can blossom in a world of hatred and prejudice. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love despite an ancient feud between their powerful families. Helped by Juliet’s well-meaning nurse and Friar Lawrence, the couple secretly marry. But their time together is brief, and in the end they and their families pay a very heavy price.
Careful editing of the original text make this musical suitable for young pupils. An alternative shorter Rhyming Script is also available – teachers to choose the one more suitable for their pupils. Each version provides an excellent introduction for young performers or students learning English as a foreign language.
Age guide: 9 to 15; KS1, KS2, KS3
Duration: 50 to 60 minutes
Cast: 25 to 45 solo speaking and group singing parts (* = 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
Chorus: attendants, Pages, Maskers, Guards, CitizensMusic: 9 songs and dances – classical, waltz, rock, tango, street dance, blues & love ballad.Cross-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
Review: 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 GridleIt is illegal to photocopy or otherwise reproduce any part of 'Romeo & Juliet'.
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