Steamboat’s Whiteman Primary takes on ‘Romeo and Juliet’
January 31, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Elle Thomas doesn't have a huge role in Lowell Whiteman Primary School's production of "Romeo and Juliet," but it's an important one nonetheless.
The fifth-grader is playing the part of The Chorus, reading the play's famous prologue: "Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene …"
"When I grow up I want to be an actress. That's my dream," Elle said Monday. "I'll take any part, small or big. I think it's great to be a part of such a big, famous play."
Elle will get her chance to shine when she and the rest of the school's fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-graders perform "Romeo and Juliet" at 1:50 and 5:30 p.m. today at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Steamboat Springs. The shows are free.
Head of School Nancy Spillane said the 27 students have worked "incredibly hard" since December to not only memorize their lines, but understand the play. The upper primary students perform Shakespeare every year. She said it's the third time the school has performed "Romeo and Juliet," and the students love it every time.
Fifth-grader Hayden Entress, playing Juliet's mother Lady Capulet, said she's looking forward to yelling and crying a lot. Sixth-grader Colwyn Morgan, playing Count Paris, said "Romeo and Juliet" is his favorite play because he likes romances. Seventh-grader Drew Williamson said it meant a lot to him that he was cast as Romeo. And sixth-grader Nicole Zedeck said it's an honor to play Juliet.
The play is special for another reason. It's the last for Spillane, who is retiring at the end of the school year — something not lost on many students.
"We want people to see the last Nancy production," said sixth-grader Tasha Getten, who is playing Romeo's mother, Lady Montague. "Also, I think it's special because there are a lot of new kids this year. It's their first play. And we've all worked really hard."
— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com