One of my favorite things about living in a college town is all the free events that I get to incorporate into our homeschooling. The theater program’s Shakespeare in the Park is one that we recently discovered. This year’s production was Romeo and Juliet. With Michael going into the 9th grade, we just had to go.
Hubby stayed home with Auggie. As great and important as the theater is, in my opinion, it’s easily ruined for everyone by a hyper, small child.
I knew that it was a low budget production.
I knew that it was a mainly female cast. I didn’t know that the characters would be walking through the audience. In fact, Romeo sat next to us for the hour before the show started. It was that detail that pulled the kids into the story. Mercutio’s ‘Queen Mab’ speech was brought to a whole new level as she weaved through the audience, sitting next to them, and even leaning on one member.
They made it easy to keep up with the who’s who. Montagues wore blue and Capulets wore red. Mercutio wore both, since that character was associated with both families. When the couple got married, they began to wear purple. Juliet wearing a red based purple and Romeo wearing blue based.
It was wonderful and both kids talked about it for the rest of the night.