Review submitted by Grace Brehm of Notre Dame Preparatory School.
Rivaling families, action-packed fight scenes, and chemistries beyond compare are what await you at Perry Hall High School’s production of “Romeo and Juliet”. A stunning set and inventive use of lighting makes for a perfect segue into one of Shakespeare’s most renowned classics, making you wish your time there could never end.
“Romeo and Juliet” was written by William Shakespeare and published in 1597. It details the story of two feuding families, the Capulets and the Montagues. Juliet from the Capulets and Romeo from the Montagues end up falling hopelessly in love. As one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, “Romeo and Juliet” would serve as a model for many adaptations and similar tales of star-crossed lovers for years to come.
No one can deny it � “Romeo and Juliet” is a skillfully demanding show. Perry Hall High School’s cast excels consistently in reciting lines in old English while still maintaining proper emotions. The cast makes sure to use many hand gestures and facial expressions, which help the audience to better understand what is going on. Every person in the show makes even the toughest fight scene look simple through extreme dedication, focus, and energy, proving the unimaginable amount of talent in the cast.
Taylor Fruhling (Juliet) and Nicholas Hamilton (Romeo) go above and beyond at portraying their respective characters and draw the audience into the show. Fruhling’s acting dexterity is apparent as she looks at Hamilton. Hamilton displays his artistry in sword fighting and in climbing balconies in order to be with his lover. The only thing greater than Fruhling’s and Hamilton’s skill in acting is their performance together. Their chemistry is clear from the moment their characters meet, and it is easy for the audience to get pulled into their world.
Other notable roles include Eva Heier (Mercutio) and Brian Kraft (Friar Laurence). Heier’s stage presence as well as her movement and acting makes for an amusing yet powerful character. Heier also makes scenes more dynamic and energized through her unmatched comedic timing and her dramatic scenes. Her performance proves her obvious skill in acting. Brian Kraft excels at portraying a character whose comedic timing never ceases to send the audience into utter hilarity. Kraft is also able to believably portray a character who just wants the best for Romeo and Juliet.
The set of this show is wonderful, displaying a fully functional balcony decorated with flowers and stained glass windows that change colors seamlessly. Set changes happen quickly and efficiently, showing the skill of the stage crew. The costumes also add a lot to the show. They are not only beautiful, but also realistic for the time period.
In this superb production of “Romeo and Juliet”, everyone’s passion and focus on and offstage made the show hilarious, emotional, and engaging. This show by Perry Hall High School is not one that will soon be forgotten!
The performance reviewed was from Saturday, 11/23/2019.
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