Today and tomorrow, Feb 19-20, Stage West will present the 2020 edition of Romeo & Juliet at Bass Performance Hall as part of their prestigious Children’s Education Program. Since 2007, Stage West has annually taken an abridged classic to the Bass Hall stage where thousands of middle and high school students, free of charge, are bused in to engage in the theatrical experience.
Our program is an abridged, 7 actor version of Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. Every year, each student receives a synopsis of the play to guide them through the scenes and aid them as their ears adjust to the Shakespearean language. Students from the lowest income districts alongside students from the area’s most exclusive private schools fill the beautiful Bass Performance Hall. No distinction can be made between them as the lights dim and a collective hush consumes the house. They are, to put it simply, completely engaged from start to finish.
All of us at Stage West are proud to be a part of this program and the connection it forms between the students and classic theatrical tales that pass the test of time due to their timeless exploration of our collective human condition. We thank the Children’s Education Program for its dedication to the arts experiences of youth across North Central Texas.
Students from Carter-Riverside high school watch from the wings at Bass Hall. A group of students perform on stage as part of the production.