GRAPA's annual Shakespearean performance is just weeks away, promising to usher in Pioneer Park's new stage with 'Romeo and Juliet.'
The Griffith and Regional Association of the Performing Arts has been hard at work finalising the show, after a difficult few months rehearsing online. Now at the pointy end of rehearsals, the team has been putting in two or three rehearsals a week to ensure the show is at it's best quality.
Bonnie Owen is directing this year's show, and said that while COVID restrictions had made rehearsals difficult, the show was in a good position.
"It's been wild, we've been playing musical chairs because we can only have so many people in a space," she said.
She added that rehearsing online had given them opportunities to hammer down the tech side of things, including her personal highlight - the soundtrack.
"There's some really good music - it's a really heavy play but we find as many opportunities as we can to have fun with it. If you love comedy, there's definitely elements of it here," Miss Owen said.
She explained that the goal of this show was to emphasise the timeless nature of the themes.
"The themes are set, we're trying to recognise those themes. In the past, it's been easy to brush it off as otherworldly and a bit farfetched, but we have to look at the cyclical nature of expectations that we put on people ... we haven't learnt, we don't learn from them."
Hannah Mitchell, the show's Juliet Capulet, said she was excited to show how far the cast and crew had come from the initial rehearsals.
"I'm really excited, just seeing how far it's come in such a short time," Miss Mitchell said.
"I loved learning the ballroom scene, I really love the music that's been chosen for it."
The show will open on November 19, and bookings are essential. Tickets are available from GRAPA's website.
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