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BCHS Presents Romeo and Juliet

Delmar, N.Y. – An annual Bethlehem tradition is in the final stages of preparation as the high school’s Shakespearean company prepares to stage this year’s production from Dec. 9 – 11 and Dec. 16 – 18.

“The students chose Romeo and Juliet this summer,” said James C. Yeara, drama and English teacher at Bethlehem Central High School, and director of the play. “In addition to the well know ill fated romance, this play features much action in the form of both stage combat as well as some dance. There is also classic lighthearted mirth to relieve the sadness of the tragedy. You will walk away with much to consider as is usual with a Shakespearean play.”

“This is my fourth year working on the Shakespeare play,” said Aliza Abolafia, a senior and the student director of this year’s show. “It’s given me a lot of insight into Shakespeare’s works, and being the student director is a fun challenge.”

40 students make up this year’s cast and tech crew. Casting took place in September, and rehearsals began shortly thereafter.

Romeo and Juliet is a romantic tragedy written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare. It is about the famous "star cross’d lovers" of two enemy families who when they meet, forbidden love ensues. It was among Shakespeare's most popular stories of young love.
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“It’s a bitter sweet and poignant play, one that the community can embrace and enjoy,” Yeara said. “I think everyone will be blown away by the energy and the passion that the students bring to the performance. Romeo and Juliet is not to be missed. It’ll be a great night out for everyone.”

Romeo and Juliet will be performed Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9 – 11, and Dec. 16 – 18 in the auditorium at Bethlehem Central High School, 700 Delaware Ave, Delmar. Friday shows are at 7 p.m.; Saturday shows are at 1 and 7 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults, $6 for students, senior citizens, and military personnel. Tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved at theatrewithoutanet.org.

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