CHESHIRE, Mass. — The new Hoosac Valley Theatre Department takes the stage with "Romeo and Juliet" this weekend.
"We have decided to start a theater department and it is a brand-new department," said drama teacher Nicole Boyer. "We wanted to start off with a bang so we are doing ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ the greatest love story ever told."
In the past, Hoosac Valley has only done musicals. Boyer said many students are very interested in theater and wanted more options.
"They are very excited and they are really happy to do something different because we have only done musicals here so to have a real play for kids who don't like to sing is great," Boyer said.
Jordyn Carpenter, who plays Mercutio, said she has been involved in the school musicals ever since the seventh grade and is excited just to act more.
"It is good that we are expanding into other parts of theater," she said. "We want to see more people take part in the arts because it is a cultural experience. To have a show and be committed to it from the audition to the final show gives you a sense of pride."
Angelica Tanguay, who plays Juliet, said the school will now have three theatrical performances a year and she hopes the program expands.
"It is more fun to have more than one show," she said. "It really is a great experience for everyone in it."
Boyer said 30 students are involved in the play and they have been rehearsing for eight weeks. The students are performing a version of the play adapted by Doug McClure that has more modern English. But Boyer said the play still stays true to William Shakespeare's original script.
Performances are Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19, in the school auditorium. Shows start at 7 and tickets are sold at the door.
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