Shall LCT perform a most grand play?
Tho’ it look rather diff’rent than before.
It tells of lovers true who find a way
To break the bonds of hatred and of war.
While socially distant this play you’ll see
(For ‘tis so vital to safeguard thy health)
With thine own school, or friends, or family,
All throughout and beyond the Commonwealth.
Daft sword fights and wittiness will ensue
Yet Tragedy must be our story’s end.
Great victories and downfalls thou canst view
But doth not fear, children – ‘tis all pretend.
This digital show you shan’t soon forget –
Join us for Romeo and Juliet!
By William Shakespeare
Best enjoyed by ages 11 and up
Length of Show: 55 minutes
School Streaming Passes:
Weekly passes available NOW through May 27, 2022
School passes run from all day Monday through Friday at 4:00pm
Romeo and Juliet is recommended for 6th – 12th grade
Curricular Connections – Shakespeare, Literature, Tragedy, Storytelling
Family Streaming Passes:
Romeo and Juliet is one of the shows in our Holiday Streaming library! You can purchase a pass to watch it any time between December 19-31, 2021. Learn more at the link below!
Things to Understand Before You Stream On Demand
About our Video Streaming Process
We are thrilled to offer this unique opportunity to see our 2016 production of The Snow Queen! The stream features video from one of our school performances of the show at The Lexington Opera House.
Remember, the video link and passwords can be found in your confirmation email! During the time period your pass is valid for, you can use this link and password combo to watch the show as many times as you would like. If you do not receive your confirmation email within one hour of purchase, please check your spam filter. If you experience technical difficulties, feel free to email Kathryn at firstname.lastname@example.org! Thank you!
About LCT’s Professional Digital Productions
LCT’s 2021 production of Romeo and Juliet was created specifically to be streamed as a digital show! State Healthy at Work and CDC guidelines were closely followed during the rehearsal and filming process.
About Romeo and Juliet
We would give this Things to Understand guide a “spoiler alert” but, well… the play is 400 years old! If you have any questions about the content of the story, a great place to start would be SparkNotes, a general summary, or reading through the play, all of which are available with a quick Google search. There is some mild language throughout the play (e.g., “the damned in hell do say…” and phrases like that). Our production of this classic play is a shortened, 5-person version that is about 1 hour long, so the play has been streamlined down to its core storyline, with actors playing multiple parts throughout.
This play is a great way to spark conversations about so many topics that are still relevant to us today. From the themes of hate and love, to mental health, to the societal pressures our young protagonists face, to what makes a healthy (or unhealthy) relationship, there are lots of jumping off points for you to start discussions with your family or class. For more in-depth analyses and activities that you can use, we recommend downloading our Educational Play Guide for the show HERE.
Romance plays a large part in the story of Romeo and Juliet. As such there is lots of flirting, several on-stage kisses, and Romeo and Juliet hastily decide to get married over the course of the play. It is important to note that while this is a love story, it’s not a particularly healthy love story. Both our main characters constantly make rash decisions, fall in and out of love very quickly, and become very codependent very fast. Juliet is also under pressure from her family to marry a man they have picked for her, and there is a scene towards the end of the play where her father gets very angry with her and yells at her after her refusal to marry that person that could be distressing for some viewers. We hope you’ll take the opportunity while watching this play to discuss with your family or class what healthy relationships do like, whether they are romantic, platonic, or familial.
It is important to remember that the story of Romeo and Juliet is a Tragedy. Like many other Shakespearean tragedies, many people die in the end and our story comes to its conclusion in sorrow. The hate both the Capulet and Montague families spew for one another leads to disastrous consequences. In particular, two separate characters are slain during sword fights on stage. All stage combat you see was carefully choreographed and rehearsed multiple times before filming to make sure it was 100% believable for the audience yet 110% safe for the actors on stage. Additionally, all deaths are portrayed non-graphically and we do not use fake blood in this production.
On the very off chance that someone is not familiar with how this story ends, we want to put a strong content warning for self-harm and suicidal ideation for the end of this play. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy because, in the end, both protagonists choose to die by suicide rather than live without the other. While we might not consider mental health to be one of the show’s central topics, it is important to acknowledge that young people in the 1500s and in 2021 alike face a lot of challenges. We encourage you to visit the youth specific resources provided by the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/youth/ if you or someone you know needs support.
We love this story because it gives us a way to make the work of Shakespeare accessible and exciting for our younger audiences. It’s been called “the greatest love story ever told,” and while that may not be entirely accurate, there’s no doubt that Romeo and Juliet is a classic story that we’re still talking about and telling hundreds of years after it was written. It’s a story focused on the issues of young people, and while some things have changed since Shakespeare’s time, others are still very relevant today. We love this story because it is still speaking to us, making us laugh, making us cry, and making us think – even in 2021.