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For the week of July 23 - 29, 2003

Arts and Entertainment

Youthful ‘Romeo & Juliet’ preformed in Ketchum

Express Staff Writer

Shakespeare Company of Sun Valley’s Summer Performance Workshop unveils its debut production Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ketchum. The play will be staged outside on St. Thomas’ lower terrace at 6:30 and 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children under 10. They are available at Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum and at St. Thomas.

Ariana Supkoff is Juliet and Robert Cruz plays Romeo in Shakespeare Company of Sun Valley's production of "Romeo and Juliet." Photo by Kevin Johnson

Directed by Kimberly White, the director of the Shakespeare Company of Sun Valley, "Romeo & Juliet" features 10 Wood River Valley teens. Utilizing the mixed ancestry of the actors, the setting has been changed from Italy to Mexico. The young lovers meet during the Day of the Dead holiday.

The young cast includes Amy Jessinger, Tony Maricich, Brenna Poppe, Luis Ruiz, Tyrone Ray and Dylan Whitrock. Finn Whitrock, seen in Shakespeare plays in the valley the past three summers, plays a number of roles. Heather Hansen, a Wood River Valley dancer and artist will also appear in the play as well as doing work with Seattle artist Angela Pershnokov on the Day of the Dead set design.

Robert Cruz plays Romeo while the Juliet role is split three ways; Nancy Tamayo and Laura Zarate both play her in one performance each and Ariana Supkoff takes the role for two performances.

"I’m super excited about the casting. I think it’s really great, White said. "We have a big range of kids. Some have never done Shakespeare and others have done a lot."

For portrayal of their parts, the cast members made masks typically worn on the Day of the Dead holiday.

While in rehearsals, the workshop participants had classes in voice, stage fighting with John Armour, mask making and poetry.

White said the play is shortened a bit. "Some scenes were cut for timing, a few characters were cut, there were internal scene cuts and the chorus is cut down as well."

Instead, Molly Ventor who’ll accompany herself on guitar will sing a modified story telling part at the beginning.

Allie Kessler is the assistant director intern.

"It’s a terrific play to do with teens--the passion of being that age, the parent child relationships and also the peer issues as well as violence and what part that plays both in the play and in our lives," White said.



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