Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare in the Park is back in Detroit Lakes for its fourth year with a production of Romeo and Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet follows the story of two young lovers who fall in love at first sight but are cruelly separated by their feuding families. Though they are secretly wed, Romeo gets banished from the city for killing Juliet's cousin, Tybalt.
Due to a series of miscommunications and bad timing, the young lovers tragically end up dead in Juliet's family tomb. There truly "never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo."
This 2012 production will have a few changes from the original script. Roles have been altered to support a different cast, but most of the text itself has remained intact, though some cuts have been made to shorten the overall length of the play. This production is expected to run a little over two hours.
Romeo and Juliet is a show that has something for everyone: there is plenty of high romance, daring sword fights and bawdy humor. The local production will feature beautiful costumes, dancing and an abundance of local talent. There are also the highly recognizable lines such as "A pair of star-crossed lovers," "Parting is such sweet sorrow" and, of course, "O Romeo, O Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?"
Performances are June 29, 30 and July 1, 6, 7 and 8 in the Detroit Lakes City Park. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m., and Sunday performances will be at 4 p.m. All shows are free, though freewill donations will be accepted at intermission.