The McMaster Thespian Company’s production of Romeo & Juliet hosts a slew of community theatre veterans and fresh faces, that quite honestly do this Shakespearean classic justice. Their stripped down minimalist format truly lets the characters and tragic story shine through.
As Andrea Pohlmann makes clear in her director’s notes, the complicated set and costume pieces often associated with Shakespeare can distract both actors and audiences from the finer subtleties of the character and story. In an effort to make the story and characters more accessible, the set pieces are nothing more than a couple of black boxes, costumes all simple black, and there exists a handful of props. With so few props, their mere presence in a scene suggests their importance.
With these distractions laid aside, the weight of the story telling falls into the hands of our actors. Anyone who has seen, or read Shakespeare, knows that a true understanding of the material is paramount if the story and characters are to be done justice.
The lines are delivered with a confidence, and an understanding, that allows audiences to appreciate why Romeo & Juliet is a classic. MTC’s tagline is that they guarantee a classic, and I can honestly say with a warm heart that on this guarantee, they most certainly deliver. Check it out today and tonight, 2PM matinée, 7:30PM tonight.
$15 for students / $20 general
Saturday, January 17, 2015 – 2:00pm
Saturday, January 17, 2015 – 7:30pm
Mills Hardware (95 King Street East)
Director – Andrea Pohlmann
Stage Manager – Malika Swaleh
Producer – Richard Cioci
Grant Duarte as Romeo
Kelly McLaughlin as Juliet
Lauren Tignanelli as the Nurse
Erik Brown as Friar Lawrence
Nicole Jedrzejko as Tybalt Riley
Alex Ducharme as Mercutio
Claudia Spadafora as Benvolio
Sydney Stonier as Lady Montague
Gavin Mast as Lord Montague
Meg Vukelic as Lady Capulet
Sarah Sandor as the Prince
Will Byker as Paris
Mackenzie Richardson as Gregory
Katie Baldwin as Sampson
Kyle Sanders as Abram
Daniel Borins as the Apothecary