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Modern Day Romeo and Juliet coming to FAC

Posted: November 2, 2017 2:15 p.m.
Updated: November 3, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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What happens when star-crossed lovers carry cell phones, use iPads and sing 1960s love songs?  That’s right!  It’s Columbia Children’s Theatre’s Altered Visions Tour adapted production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. After a successful launch of its tour in February, Columbia Children’s Theatre (CCT) will present this version of Shakespeare’s classic at the FAC on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Wood Auditorium. Tickets are $10 each. The performance is considered part of the FAC’s outreach and is sponsored by Diana Wenman and funded through grants from Duke Energy, and the NEA. Tickets may be purchased securely on-line at www.fineartscenter.org, at the FAC box office at 810 Lyttleton St., Camden, or by phone at (803) 425-7676. The production is recommended for ages 12 and up. 

South Carolina educators are encouraged to have students attend this updated version of the classic tale. USC professor and former Globe Theatre intern Cathy Brookshire helmed this updated, contemporarily-conceived production when CCT received the South Carolina Art Commission’s Arts Education Projects Grant. The production uses six professional actors taking on all the roles with a modern twist. Arguably Shakespeare’s most famous play, Brookshire’s Romeo and Juliet is “conceived” in a modern, accessible fashion to help students of all ages more easily grasp the language. 

“It’s what happens when we boil Shakespeare’s most iconic plays down to their bare essentials: 6 actors in 35 roles,” Brookshire said.

CCT is a professional resident not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing quality live theatre experiences for families and young audiences, and is supported in part by the City of Forest Acres and the S.C. Arts Commission, which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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