These Vi­o­lent De­lights

Taos High School Drama takes on an age­less story of con­flicted love

Tempo - - •COVER STORY• - By Laura Bulkin

Spoiler alert from the play­wright him­self: “Never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” But don’t let that de­ter you from com­ing out to revel in the de­lights of Taos High School Drama’s pro­duc­tion of Wil­liam Shakespeare’s im­mor­tal clas­sic. Be­fore the “gloom­ing peace” de­scends on the star-cross’d lovers, there is a Re­nais­sance hu­mor and scathing wit. se­lec­tion of the play for this year’s spring of­fer­ing. pos­si­bil­i­ties for the stu­dents to read and vote on, and this is of themes and emo­tions that con­nect with peo­ple of that age there’s a lot for them to work on, es­pe­cially emo­tion­ally.” casts have been work­ing on it ever since.

“The two casts are a ne­ces­sity so that we can cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties casts is that you get two ver­sions of ev­ery char­ac­ter, each one drama depart­ment has also had a lot of as­sis­tance in this show, their help.” woman,” Brooks said. “She has a love and pas­sion for life, and is, and watch­ing this pro­duc­tion and her char­ac­ter come to life gives me so much joy.” great as well as gives us per­sonal tips that help us grow into col­lege. This pro­gram de­serves so much money and sup­port be­cause the stu­dents in­volved are cre­ative, ta­lented, op­ti­mistic, and pas­sion­ate about their fu­tures in the arts.”

Ryan Kip­nis and Ian Tosta as Ben­vo­lio, Romeo Dun­leavy and Evan Chilton as Tybalt, Kel­don Larsen and Eli­jah Reynolds as Paris, and Scar­lett Fin­nell and Jenna Base­hart play­ing Lady Ca­pulet, Juliet’s mother. “This show has been a won­der­ful type of chal­leng­ing that has mo­ti­vated me to work harder as well as to open my­self up to more emo­tions,” said Base­hart. “‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a show that is full of high tem­pers and deep sad­ness. Work­ing with these types of emo­tions is some­thing I per­son­ally haven’t had to do be­fore. and I am look­ing for­ward to the new ex­pe­ri­ence. I truly be­lieve that this show is go­ing to move the hearts of the au­di­ence as well as cause them to fall back in love with high school the­ater.”

“I love play­ing Lady Ca­pulet,” Fin­nell said. “I would say it’s one of my fa­vorite char­ac­ters that I’ve got­ten the chance to play. There are so many sides to her: she’s pow­er­ful, strong, but she also goes through a lot and has a lot of dif­fer­ent emo­tions. It’s been won­der­ful, and I’m so happy to be play­ing this role for my last big play in Taos. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing how the peo­ple re­act to her.”

Zoey Bird­song plays Romeo’s fa­ther, Lord Mon­tague. “I’m ex­cited to be do­ing Shakespeare,” she said. Julianne Moyer plays Juliet’s Nurse in both casts. “I’ve learned so much from both my di­rec­tor and all the other the­ater­go­ers who helped us put this to­gether. The cast has made per­form­ing here so much bet­ter, and I hope we get a good crowd. I love the Nurse’s lines so much! I get to com­plain about my back!” Over­ley ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the many adult vol­un­teers who have given their time and skills to the stage com­bat,” he said. “Me­gan Yack­ovich (of Bal­let Taos) will be chore­ograph­ing the mas­quer­ade ball with orig­i­nal mu­sic com­posed for the show by Laura Bulkin (Tempo writer.) Par­ents have helped us cre­ate gen­uine hope that the com­mu­nity will re­spond to this show and come out and sup­port it. Taos High drama re­lies on the sup­port of the com­mu­nity, both eco­nom­i­cally in be­ing able to put on pro­duc­tions at all, and in peo­ple com­ing out to see the show so that the stu­dents, who have in­vested huge amounts of work, can ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing val­ued and ap­pre­ci­ated for their tal­ent and ded­i­ca­tion.”

JU­LIAN COLLIGNON AND MAYA JO­HANN as the star cross’d lovers in Taos High School Drama’s pro­duc­tion of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’

COUR­TESY PHOTO

FROM LEFT, Scar­lett Fin­nell will por­tray Lady Ca­pulet, Layla Brooks stars as Juliet and Finn Camp­bell plays Old Ca­pulet.

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FROM LEFT are cast mem­bers Zoey Bird­song, James Ryan Cox and Grace Kriegshauser.

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