Written by Alexandra Goidel Saturday, 14 December 2013 00:00
The North Shore High School’s cast and crew of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare delivered three spectacular performances during the weekend of Nov. 22. The play was comprised of comedic twists of Shakespeare’s 37 works.
Each work was somewhat modernized and condensed to a few minutes to fit all of them into the performance. The quick changes of plot and characters kept the audience on the edge of their seats and yearning for more.
Although there were many acts, the cast was small and the venue was intimate. The seating surrounded the stage, enabling the cast to interact with the audience throughout the entire performance. The narrators of the play made it extremely easy for people to follow along if they were not familiar with each of Shakespeare’s works. The play was suitable for not only high school students, but adults as well. Many North Shore School District teachers attended the performances to have a laugh while supporting their former and current students.
Danielle Lynn, a North Shore High School senior, said, “The play was hilarious, creative, and it was great to see my friends perform on stage. All of their hard work paid off.”
An audience favorite was the iconic Romeo and Juliet skit performed by two boys. Tyler Melson played the part of Romeo Montague and Joe Doyle played Juliet Capulet. It was an unconventional spoof and caused the entire audience to burst with laughter. It was a great example of the creativity and boldness possessed by the cast and crew.
The play would not have been a success without all of the helping hands behind the curtain. The make-up, costume, scenery, and stage crews were running around making sure everything was in its right place, and that the cast was ready to perform. Both the cast and crew spent the majority of their afternoons and nights preparing for the actual performances.
Their dedication and hard work was evident from the smooth and successful performances.
Kevin Quinn, a member of the cast and high school senior, says, “Working on this play and learning from my peers has made me grow as a performer. We all came
together and the fun we had making art on the stage was reflected in our performance.”
The North Shore High School Performing Arts Department has more performances in store. The Senior Play will be performed this winter, and a musical will be performed in the spring. For more information about the North Shore
Performing Arts Department and future performances, visit the North Shore School District website at www.northshoreschools.org.