Lone Star College-CyFair's drama season opens with "Romeo and Juliet," the iconic story of two star-crossed lovers, but retold against the backdrop of the roaring 1920's during prohibition in Chicago.
"I want our audience to walk away seeing that 'Romeo and Juliet' is more than the just the play they read in English class," said LSC-CyFair drama professor and director Joseph Urick. "I want them to see 'Romeo and Juliet' is very relatable and fits in any time period."
Urick has adapted this well-known story to use as catalyst to explain the historical event of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
"The idea behind this concept is violence begets violence," said Urick. "I want to highlight some of the atrocities of gun violence, in a very intense and relatable way, particularly through the ending I'm putting together."
The show is not recommended for anyone under the age of 13 since it features fire arms with loud gunfire and sound effects. While there is quite a bit of intense stage violence, it is safe, said Urick, an advanced actor combatant with Society of American Fight Directors. This adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic story is an opportunity for Urick to help this 99% student cast learn a new element of acting that could prove useful in the future.
"I think understanding stage combat opens more doors for them in terms of going into film or television," he said. "With this knowledge and skill, they could do stunt work, fight work and get hired more and more until they can get their foot in the door."
Audiences attending opening night are invited to dress up in their best 1920's outfits as they walk into a "speakeasy." The college's Performance Troupe will decorate the lobby with a photo booth, concessions and more.
VIP tickets are available for an extra $5 as part of a fund-raising effort earmarked for Performance Troupe students. After the opening performance, VIP guests will get a backstage tour, see the dressing rooms and costumes up close, talk with actors and join Urick for a demonstration and talk about the stage combat.
All performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-19 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Main Stage Theatre, located in the Center for the Arts at 9191 Barker Cypress. Tickets are $10 and are available at LoneStar.edu/boxoffice.
Helping more than 22,000 students reach their academic and career goals, Lone Star College-CyFair is the 5th comprehensive college in the Lone Star College System, located at 9191 Barker Cypress Road just three miles south of U.S. Highway 290. Start close and go far at our satellite campuses: LSC-Cypress Center, located at 19710 Clay Road and LSC-Westway Park Technology Center, located at 5060 Westway Park Boulevard. For more information about LSC-CyFair and its programs, call 281.290.3200 or visit LoneStar.edu/cyfair.