Friday, September 11, 2009

Romeo & Juliet

I'm Lady Capulet! (and the Apothecary)

New Gate Celtic Theatre presents Romeo & Juliet

New Gate Celtic Theatre Company announces their latest production of Romeo & Juliet, which runs Sept. 18 – Sept. 26 at Lakota West Freshman Campus.

The veteran theatre company puts a new spin on “the greatest love story ever told,” placing the Shakespearean classic in an Eastern setting, trading tights and rapiers for samurais and kimonos.
The Eastern vision comes from New Gate's founder, Karen Vanover, who enlisted the help of Five White Tigers Martial Arts to choreograph fights and teach the cast the behaviors and traditions of the Eastern culture.

A select demo team of Five White Tigers students will also be featured in the production as citizens of Verona.

Another unique aspect of this production is the return to the roots of Shakespeare, or “original practices,” as directors Francis and Angie Boyle refer to it. Also the creators of Good Grief Shakespeare, they have worked to erase the modern aspects of theatre from the show, including the idea that the audience are mere bystanders of the story.

Local actors, from Milford to Florence to Fairfield, comprise the cast.

It features Rachel Christianson as the Nurse and Montague; Dan Cohen as Capulet and Friar John; Rebecca Coots as Tybalt and Friar Lawrence; Christopher Dooley as Romeo and Abraham; Hannah Goodman as Juliet and Gregory; Nate Netzley as Sampson, Peter and the Prince; Kasmira Oar as Lady Capulet and the Apothecary; Jennifer Ortiz as Lady Montague and Paris; Amanda Schmidt as Benvolio; and Colette Thomas as Mercutio and Balthazar.

About this production:
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Francis and Angela Boyle
Sept. 18-19, 25-26 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 @ 2:30 p.m.
General Admission: $18
Seniors and Students with ID: $16
Group rates available
Tickets may be purchased online at For more information, contact New Gate at 513.617.0784 or

Presented at Lakota West Freshman Campus, 5050 Tylersville Rd, West Chester, OH, 45069.

New Gate Celtic Theatre Company is a semi-professional theatre group focused on producing and presenting all art forms, especially those by and about the diverse world of the Celtic people. Classic, contemporary, global, local. Our vision is to inspire, educate and engage all people regardless of age, race, gender and ability. Our goal is to provide employment opportunities for local theatre artists, on and back stage.



At 3:50 AM, Blogger Stephanie N. said...

Huh, neat production concept! I bet your roles are fun.


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