COMEDIC TRAGEDY - Romeo and Harriett

COMEDIC TRAGEDY - Romeo and Harriett

Ponoka Home-school Thespians stage their play next week

The Ponoka Home-school Thespians have been busy rehearsing at the Asker Church for their next act, Romeo and Harriet.

BY MUSTAFA ERIC

Ponoka News

The Ponoka Home-school Thespians have been busy rehearsing at the Asker Church for their next act, Romeo and Harriet.

This is an adaptation to comedy by Charles Lovett of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The curtains will be raised for the first performance on the evening of Feb. 26 at the Asker Church.

“This a modern parody based on Romeo and Juliet and 36 home-taught students are involved” said director Debbie Zepick.

The students come from communities across Central Alberta, including Clive, Lacombe, Ponoka and south of Wetaskiwin and the work on the play started with the New Year.

Zepick said there would be a total of four performances, including the opening gala. The second production will be on Feb. 27 and two more the following day, the first a matinee and then the evening show.

The plot of the play, widely produced by mainly young troupes supported by schools and educational institutions throughout North America, involves young members of two rival families running two competing department stores falling in love, and despite some tragic incidents, they join hands in a happy ending.