"For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."
Those are the last words of the play, Romeo and Juliet. However, there is more to the story.
On Friday, November 6, Saturday, November 7, and Sunday, November 8, CJ performing arts presents After Juliet. The production explores the lives of Juliet's cousin and Romeo's ex-flame, Rosaline, Mercutio's twin brother, Valentine, and Romeo's best friend, Benvolio and the fates of the Apothecary, Nurse, servant Peter and Friar Lawrence after the original play.
"A lot of scripts have parts where students are playing characters from 70-years-old to teenagers or younger," explained drama and choir teacher, Caitlin Bennett. "The nice thing about this script is that it was written for teenagers to play teenagers. They too think deeply; they want material that is going to challenge them. This show definitely does that."
Anna Kutter '19 plays the role of Rosaline in the production.
"She's not a character who is similar to me in a lot of ways, but I still find her very identifiable, since she is a teenager as well," shared Kutter.
Daniel Feldmann '16 is participating in his first CJ play as the character Petruchio.
"He's a leader and he comes in thinking that he's going to inherit the House of Capulet," said Feldmann. "To be a leader, you need people who are willing to follow you. In the play, you will see whether or not he has that."
Like Romeo and Juliet, After Juliet is spoken in verse. The audience will also hear original music in the CJ production from Christian Hemsath '17 and Derek Dunavent, assistant director and composer. Another highlight of the play is real sword fighting between several characters.
"When you have this much fun, the show has to be good!" Feldmann emphasized.
Curtain calls are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults. The performance is recommended for ages 13 and up due to mature themes.