With the theatre department’s showing of “Romeo and Juliet” already underway, there have been many chances to see the play and more chances to come; but this time off campus.

The Southern California Shakespeare Festival will hold its remaining three shows at The School of Arts and Enterprise at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13, 14 and 15.

Some things that differ from the Southern California Shakespeare Festival’s version of “Romeo and Juliet” to other versions are that it is more intense, more violent.

Robert Shields and Linda Bisesti, the director and artistic director of the play, respectively, wanted this version of Romeo and Juliet to be more violent because the story took place in a violent society, which is something that many versions of “Romeo and Juliet” leave out.

Because the play has violence incorporated into the story, some scenes of the play are intense; for example, the scene where Romeo and Tybalt fight.

Will Dinwiddle as Tybalt (left) and Alfonso Ramirez as Romeo. (Courtesy of Department of Theatre and New Dance)

The play has an original score composed by Patrick Copeland. The music captures the emotions and energy of each scene.

When watching the play, audience members will find that there is no stage elevated from the crowd.

Most of the props and setup is on the same level as the audience.

This allows the actors to be close to the audience when they are acting.

Because the crowd and actors are so close to each other, a few actors interact with the audience by speaking their lines indirectly to them and physically interacting with them as well.

Because the showing of the play is moving from the school campus to The School of Arts and Enterprise, the stage setup will change.

Roslynn Glasco, a third-year theatre student who plays Lady Capulet, said, “When you move a show from one place to another, that changes how you perform. The entrances and exits are different, and the cues for your line or part are different as well.”

When asked she wanted to perform in “Romeo and Juliet”, Glasco stated: “I wanted to be in the play because I like that anyone interested Romeo and Juliet can perform in a Shakespeare show. Anyone can play any role. I struggle with Shakespeare myself, so I wanted to challenge myself.”

Chase Atherton, a fourth-year theatre student who plays Friar Lawrence, said he wanted to be involved with “Romeo and Juliet” because, “I liked the director’s spin on a timeless classic.”

Audience members who already saw the play had good things to say about it.

Diana Rodriguez, a sophomore majoring in theatre, said: “I enjoyed the play very much. All the actors played their part well. The play was also very intense.”

Rodriguez also stated, “My favorite part was the iconic scene when Juliet was on the balcony, and Romeo and Juliet were talking to each other about their love for one another.”

Ivan Molina, a second-year theatre student, said, “I enjoyed the play very much.

It was well acted and the set was decorated great. My favorite part was when Lord Capulet was abusing Juliet for not wanting to marry Paris. It was a heated scene and the dialogue was great.”

More information about the Southern California Shakespeare Festival and the showing of “Romeo and Juliet” can be found on the company’s website or on the Cal Poly Pomona website.

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