Oh Chesterfield youth, wherefore art thou?

November 13, 2013 by  

By taking a less than a half hour’s drive from Chesterfield to St. Louis, local youth can enjoy their first taste of Shakespeare by attending the New Jewish Theatre’s Teen production of Romeo and Juliet early next month. The 20, 6th through 9th graders that comprise the Teen Theatre group will perform in a full stage production which will include modern music and authentic costumes.

The high school and middle school aspiring actors have been practicing since the first week in September to bring a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy to the modern masses by depicting the well-known teenage star-crossed lovers, with a touch of comedy, to the J stage. The technical coordinator will be Kerrie Mondy. Older teens in the 10th through 12th grades will serve as the technical crew running the projections, building the sets, and props, running the light board and keeping the backstage area running smoothly. The cast and crew will also be presenting a short play celebrating Hanukkah entitled: Darkness and Light. They will be directed by Liz Pietrzak, with costumes designed by Lisa Haselhorst.

Employing the services of local printing companies to produces posters, banners or flyers is a great way to get them involved in their community. Tickets are currently available at brownpapertickets.com or by phone at 314-442-3239 or at the door.

The two presentations will be given Thursday, December 5, 7pm, and Sunday, December 8 at 3:30pm on the J Stage, Arts & Education Building at the Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Milestone Campus Dr., St. Louis