Huntington High School’s Theater Department will be performing Shakespeare’s classic tale of Romeo and Juliet beginning this Thursday at Huntington High School.
The musical will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 20; Friday, Oct. 21; and Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m.; with a matinee performance Sunday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and adult tickets are $7. The show will be performed in the Huntington High School Auditorium.
Along with retelling the story, modern music from the '80s and '90s has been included. The romance now contains songs like Love is a Battlefield, She's Got a Way, Love Stinks, In His Kiss, Total Eclipse of the Heart, Take My Breath Away, Stay A While, Time, Listen to Your Heart, I Will Remember You, As I lay Me Down, Ain't No Sunshine, Poison Ivy & Love Potion #9, Thank You, and Father OSA.
The music was chosen by professional musician and musical director, Mark Smith. “The songs chosen give an atmosphere of modern day to a show that is 2,000 years old,” Smith says, “We just wanted to give a classic a modern twist. It was an intriguing idea to move outside the norm.”
Josh Lord will be portraying Romeo, Juliet’s lover. “Stressful but fantastic,” Lord exclaims about the show. “I really enjoy that it will captivate the audiences. The language is difficult to understand, but the songs will clear up confusion by the Shakespearean language.”
Hannah Spurlock is playing the role of Juliet. Spurlock states, “I believe the show is more relatable with the music choices.”