Friday, Oct. 21, the Illinois Shakespeare Touring Company performed for
all Freshmen, Sophomore and British Literature students in the high
school auditorium. The performance was sponsored by the English
department. The company shared a shortened version of Romeo and Juliet
with the students, who all study the play freshman year.
actors used unique staging with this version of the play--running up
and down the auditorium aisles, entering and exiting through doors at
the front and side of the room and sitting with the audience. Each
actor also played multiple parts, seamlessly shifting from one to
another. Few props and no scenery was used--just bandanas instead of
swords and two metal spoons to make the clanging sound of swords
clashing. At the end, students were able to ask questions and meet the
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