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Romeo and Juliet Opens Friday at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Playing January 27 - March 17, 2012 at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center

Michael Raver and Stella Heath - Romeo and Juliet
PRLog - Jan. 25, 2012 - ORLANDO, Fla. -- Shakespeare's most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet, has never been so captivating, or so dangerous, as in this stirring new production brought to the Margeson Theater in a magnificent, traditional staging.

As tensions build in the streets of Verona, two teenagers from the warring Capulet and Montague factions fall in love at first sight. Married in secret, they hope for reconciliation between their families. However, when short tempers lead to deadly consequences, the young lovers find themselves alone and on the run. What starts as a bawdy teenage comedy quickly transforms into a heart-stirring romance for the ages.

Romeo: Michael Raver*
Juliet: Stella Heath*
Nurse: Anne Hering*
Friar Laurence: Wynn Harmon*
Tybalt: David Hardie*
Mercutio: Geoffrey Kent*
Benvolio: Rudy Roushdi
Lord Capulet: Johnny Lee Davenport*
Lady Capulet: Carey Urban*
Montague: Brandon Roberts
Lady Montague: Amanda Leakey
Paris: Bradford B. Frost
Prince Escalus: Sam Little
Balthasar: Ryan Czerwonko
Abram: Megan Pickrell
Sampson: Michael Shenefelt
Gregory/Friar John: Kraig Kelsey

Director: Thomas Ouellette
Fight Director: Geoffrey Kent
Choreographer: W. Robert Sherry
Text Coach: Eric Zivot
Scenic Designer: Bob Phillips
Lighting Designer: Bert Scott
Costume Designer: Jack A. Smith
Sound Designer: Matthew Given
Stage Manager: Stacy Renee Norwood*

Opening Night pre-show chats provide audiences with the opportunity to further connect with the work on Orlando Shakes’ stages. Join Romeo and Juliet director, Thomas Ouellette and members of the creative and education teams in the Patron’s Room on Friday, January 27 from 7:15 - 7:45pm for an informal discussion about the play.

After the show, audience members are invited to celebrate with the cast, crew, designers and Orlando Shakes staff at the Opening Night Party. The party begins after the show and everyone is invited. Edible Orlando will provide delicious complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The night will also feature happy hour specials at our cash bar. No RSVP necessary.

The Classic Repertory Series is made possible by A. Brian Phillips P.A., Akerman Senterfitt, BB&T, Florida Hospital, Geller Ragans, OUC, Wells Fargo, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs. Special Thanks to Bryce West and Daniel and Lyn Berelsman. Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is supported by United Arts of Central Florida with funds from the United Arts campaign and by State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.

January 25 – March 17, 2012

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in the Margeson Theater
Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803

Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm - all seats $20, $28, $34
Friday and Saturday at 8pm – all seats $26, $32, $38
Sunday at 2pm – all seats $20, $28, $34

Group Sales: 10% off groups of 10-19 / 20% off groups of 20+, ext. 265
Student Rush: $10 - 30 minutes prior to show w/ valid student ID
Military/Student Price: $10 off single ticket prices

Previews: January 25 and 26 at 7pm – all seats $16
Opening: January 27 at 8pm - $26, $32, $38
Senior Matinees:  February 15 and 29 at 2pm  - all seats $15
$20 Under 30: February 3 at 8pm – $20 for those 29 and under
Post-Show Chat Back: February 23 at 7pm – all seats $20, $28, $34
Caption Display: March 11 at 2pm – all seats $20, $28, $34

Single tickets and Season Flex Passes are available by calling (407) 447-1700 or online at http://www.orlandoshakes.org and in person at the Box Office located inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park.

Please visit http://www.orlandoshakes.org/pr for recent press releases, more information about the cast, and upcoming special events. Please contact Melissa Mason, Director of Marketing at 407-447-1700 ext. 215 or melissam@orlandoshakes.org for further details or to arrange for individual interviews.

Production photos are online at http://www.flickr.com/orlandoshakes.

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Now celebrating its 23rd season, Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF has grown into one of the region’s most acclaimed Equity theaters producing bold professional theater in Central Florida. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director Shannon Lacek, Orlando Shakespeare Theater continues to achieve the highest standards, while preserving its artistic and cultural legacy. Through PlayFest! The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays, Orlando Shakespeare Theater is nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new plays. Orlando Shakes also provides innovative educational experiences through its youth education programming, serving over 25,000 young people, families, and schools annually.

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