You have probably heard of or seen Shakespeare in the Park, but you haven’t seen it like this.
The Stephenville High School theatre department will present The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet by Peter Bloedel at 7 p.m. May 12 and 13 at Stephenville City Park’s Birdsong Amphitheater.
Tickets are $5 and the play will be a comedy in a Dr. Seuss style filled with rhyming, puns and references throughout. The theatre department has also partnered with SPARD in bringing the play to the outdoors for two nights.
“They’re doing the lighting and the sound board—they’re going to take care of all that stuff—and we’re going to bring the show,” Mindy Pope, theatre teacher, said.
Jeremy Allen, director of community services, has been trying to lock in local food trucks to provide refreshments during the performances and will be donating most of the city’s proceeds.
“I know we’ve got one (food truck) locked in for sure, we’re trying to get more. They will be local food trucks, not ones from Fort Worth, like Hambone’s,” Allen said. “From the city's standpoint we’re not looking make any money, just cover our costs. We started looking at what organizations could benefit and Project Graduation came up.”
So Project Graduation students will help work the gate and take admission, among other things, and then receive part of the ticket sales.
“I’m excited that we might reach a larger audience than we would if it was held here (Stephenville High School). We might draw in some new fans,” Pope said. “It also showcases some kids who will be having their first large parts. We have really talented kids so for all of them to get a moment is really cool.”
The part of Romeo will be played by high school junior Keith Ray.
“I’m really excited just to be playing Romeo because he’s just one of those iconic roles,” Ray said. “I’m also excited because it’s a comedy and this is the biggest role I’ve ever played.”
The role of Juliet will be played by high school junior Sarah Ziegler.
“I’m really excited about seeing what I can do with Juliet because it’s not the normal Romeo and Juliet,” Ziegler said. “I’ve always dreamed of playing a princess and now my dreams are coming true.”
The two houses, the Capulets and Montagues, will be marked by ‘X’s’ and ‘O’s’ for a play from the popular Dr. Seuss book The Sneetches.
“The narrators are dressed as Thing One and Thing Two,” Pope said. “It has a lot of puns in it and it’s really cute.”
In the case of inclement weather, there will be one performance on Friday and if the weather is bad that evening the play will be moved to the high school.
Tickets can be purchased at Stephenville High School or at the gate the evening of the performances.