William Shakespeare and Dr. Seuss make quite an unlikely pair. But they come together perfectly for CJ’s fall play, The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet.
The show stars freshman David Marshall and junior Maddie Brown as the title characters, but features a cast of more than twenty student performers. Many of these actors are brand new to CJ’s drama productions, including sophomore Bobby Krupa. “I auditioned for the show so I could see if this is something I want to do for the rest of my time here at CJ,” said Bobby, who will be playing Paris. “And believe me, it's been a blast so far!”
Not only are there many new performers, but even the show’s director is also brand new to CJ drama. Mrs. Bennett, who works in the development office during the day, graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in theater and is excited to finally get back into theater, especially here at CJ. “I’m not only teaching students how to have fun but to learn about their craft, and about themselves,” Mrs. Bennett said.
The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet is pretty much what it sounds like: the plot from Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet with a Dr. Seuss rhyme scheme. “This is a funny twist on the famous tragedy,” sophomore Kaylee Piatt said. Sophomore Jenny Meier added, “If you could take Romeo and Juliet, Dr. Seuss, and a handful of amazing CJ students and put them on a stage, you would get The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet!”
Mrs. Bennett is extremely proud of the work her actors have done. “The cast exceeds my expectations in professionalism and talent,” she said. She added that the actors have created some great, funny moments. “The show is funny!” she said. The actors also have grown to love certain parts. Kaylee said, “My favorite part would have to be the alternate endings. They add more comedy into the show.” Mrs. Bennett’s favorite part is a surprise, however, that students will have to attend to see!
The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet opens on November 18 and runs through November 20. Everyone is encouraged to come. “It's a great time with a bunch of great people,” Bobby said. Quoting Dr. Seuss, Kaylee summed up: “We hope you’ll enjoy it, 100 percent!”
By: Carly Meixner, '13
This story was first published in the November 2011 issue of The Ludlow Street Journal, CJ's official student newspaper.