These Violent Delights
Taos High School Drama takes on an ageless story of conflicted love
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.’
FROM LEFT, Scarlett Finnell will portray Lady Capulet, Layla Brooks stars as Juliet and Finn Campbell plays Old Capulet.
FROM LEFT are cast members Zoey Birdsong, James Ryan Cox and Grace Kriegshauser.