2 May 2013
After months of rehearsals and preparation, the University of the Sunshine Coast will stage its first dramatic play, The Romeo and Juliet Project, this weekend.
The play will be performed as a condensed, contemporary ensemble performance of Shakespeare’s classic from 7-8.30pm tomorrow (Friday 3 May) and at matinee and evening sessions on Saturday 4 May.
Directed by USC Lecturer in Drama, Dr Jo Loth, the play has a cast and crew of 20 staff and students, including several who are studying a new Drama major at the University.
“With 2013 marking the first year of the Drama major, it seemed a perfect opportunity to conduct USC’s first play,” Dr Loth said.
“The beauty of The Romeo and Juliet Project is that it caters to both lovers of Shakespeare and novices.
“The play is set in a lecture theatre as a group of students wait for their lecturer to arrive. When their lecturer doesn’t turn up and a replacement is sent, their imaginations soon take hold. The audience is treated to the students’ take on Shakespeare as they interchange roles and experiment with the language.”
Dr Loth said the eight-subject USC Drama major currently had 50 enrolled students. She said she expected interest in this field of study and in future performances to grow.
— Jessica Halls