Romeo and Juliet find their happy ending

Thursday, 04 December 2014

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“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”

Thankfully for Juliet, her love from a rival family is alive and well. That, at least, is the case in the wake of a stage production by Challenger Institute of Technology’s Access and Participation students.

In their gala end-of-year Abilities Production, Romeo and Juliet: Cold Case 2014, the reinterpretation of a Shakespearean classic incorporated elements of traditional pathos, musicals, crime noir - and a happy ending. 

The stage show was a result of collaboration across several of Challenger’s training areas, including the Certificate II in Leadership students responsible for hair and make-up and the Certificate II in General Education for Adults students designing and painting the sets. 

The event was a heart-warming, entertaining and colourful spectacle which delighted the student participants and audience in equal measure.

The performance to a full house at the Cockburn Youth Centre theatre was the culmination of a semester spent rehearsing scripts, building sets and finessing costumes.

The play was a quirky and uplifting 21st century rewrite of Shakespeare’s 16th century tragedy. With a musical repertoire that extended from contemporary afro-haired pop star Red Foo to 18th century Venetian composer Tomaso Albinoni’s poignant Adagio in G minor, the performance elicited the full gamut of emotions from the audience.

As the final curtain lowered, those in attendance might well have been heard to declare, as Juliet once did, "Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow.

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