Romeo and Juliet Dramatic Performance (Audio)

Librivox recording of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. (Version 2)

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Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of two “star-crossed lovers” from rival houses. Romeo and Juliet meet at a party and fall instantly in love, realizing too late that their families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are mortal enemies. Braving parental opposition, the teenage lovers marry in secret, with the aid of the well-intentioned Friar Lawrence. Yet, as Shakespeare has often observed, the course of true love does not run smoothly, and Romeo and Juliet must risk death to be together. (summary by Elizabeth Klett)

Planning Your Blocking for Romeo and Juliet

You’ve heard me mention the term ‘Blocking’, and we talked a bit about it in class, but I wanted to be sure that you were considering this all important aspect of stage production while you are writing your scripts for our Play in a Day performance of Romeo and Juliet. Ultimately, ‘Blocking’ refers to the consideration of where actors are on stage in relation to each other and what they are doing while speaking. This should help you:

Romeo and Juliet Blocking


Borrowed from the Classical Theatre Project Romeo and Juliet Student Handout:

Romeo and Juliet Performances – Acts IV & V + Extension

UPDATE: Friday, April 24th, 2015

Monday: Group A and Group B
Tuesday: Group C and Group D
Wednesday: Group E and Group F

  • Starting with Act IV, there will be group presentations of the scenes in Romeo & Juliet
  • The presentations should be organized, planned, and rehearsed prior to presentation to the class
  • Credit will be awarded to those students who implement costumes and props in their presentation
  • Some students may need to play more than one role
  • Memorization is not necessary, but knowledge of one’s part will help with reading and delivery

Special attention should be given to body language, stage placement, movement, & positioning – Acting is MUCH more than reading a part – BE the character!

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1 Play in 1 Period

Each animal group is responsible for writing a script for one act of the play.

The act needs to be truncated to fit within a 10 minute window using modern English (or any form of English you wish). Be creative!
What time period, genre, or language will you choose? What costuming, behaviour, accent, and props would be necessary to tell your story?

All major components must remain but unnecessary information, dialogue, and characters can be removed. The script and blocking are completely your decisions – each act does not need to be identical to the one that comes before or after.

We’ll perform this version of Romeo and Juliet in one period on the last day of the unit. Let’s film it for the world to see. I think you’re going to create magic.

Create a Google Doc for your script – share with the group and me.

The date for performance is TBA.

Tigers: Act 1
Turkeys: Act 2
Monkeys: Act 3
Zebras: Act 4
Rhinos: Act 5