“Romeo and Juliet” -Three Notch Theatre and HSMC Review

Hello again!

I know there has been a bit of a lull in my posts recently and I apologize for that. Kind of hard to write a review for a show that you are acting in without being bias, so I did not write one for “9-5 the musical” at the Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park, MD. (I will say it was a great show though! 😉 )

I’m back with a review for the Three Notch Theatre, BUT the location is different- it is NOT in Lexington Park, MD this time! This show is performed on the statehouse lawn at Historic St. Mary’s City in St. Mary’s City, MD. Three Notch teamed up with Historic St. Mary’s City to put on this production.

Fun fact: St. Mary’s City was the original capital of Maryland! For those who want a bit of a history lesson, check out https://hsmcdigshistory.org/ for all the information about this historic place.

This next show is a classic that most people know the basic premise of – William Shakespeare’s tale of two star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. In case you need a refresher of the plot, Romeo and Juliet is about young Romeo of the Montague family and young Juliet of the Capulet family who fall in love but cannot be together because of a long-standing family feud. (The full synopsis can be read at http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/romeojuliet/summary/ in case you need it).

I know, you might be thinking ‘But Amanda, I hate Shakespeare! I can never understand it!’ Fear not, loyal reader. I have been in your shoes before. I do not HATE Shakespeare (I can’t with a bachelor’s degree in theatre!), but I’ve always struggled to understand all the different nuances in each of his scripts. Normally I dislike knowing the plot before going to a performance but it can definitely help for Shakespeare.

The cast and crew, along with their talented director Beth Sanford, have done a great job making the lines clearer to understand by their movements, facial expressions, and overall acting abilities, so if you are scared you won’t understand it, don’t fret!

The performance itself was great as well! A unique score composed by Hunter Martin and played by a band of talented musicians, a simple set/ nice performance space, and gorgeous costumes helped set the feel for 14th century Verona, Italy.

Jeff Maher and Mikel Lauren Proulx play their parts very well as the loving but set in their ways parents of Juliet- their emotions tugged at my heartstrings throughout the production (and scared me at points as well- Lord Capulet is tough on his daughter)!

Noah Busby did a great job as Friar Laurence, who helped out Romeo and Juliet in their times of need. Sharol Buck as the Nurse stole the show whenever she was onstage with her excellent comedic timing and commitment to her character (Check her out in Three Notch’s next production “Wait Until Dark,” coming to stage in October)!

The stage chemistry and emotions between Romeo and Juliet (played by Colin Maher and Breanna Lemerise) made me feel that they really were “star-crossed lovers.”

Each actor can be seen making entrances and exits from the state house, across the field, and through the audience. They all remained in character the entire time they were in view of the audience, which was something I appreciated because I don’t just focus on leads when I see a show.

Overall, this performance is one you should go see! In fact, go ahead and bring food and drinks (no alcohol can be brought in, but it can be purchased along with snacks at the venue) and make it a picnic and a show (just don’t forget the chairs, blankets and bug spray)!

If you are interested in buying tickets and/or find out more information, go to https://www.newtowneplayers.org/shakespeare-tickets.html!

**PLEASE NOTE** These show times/dates are different than a normal Three Notch production! Each performance starts at 7:30 PM on the State House Lawn in Historic St. Mary’s City (I would get there early for good seats!)  This show also has a LIMITED RUN: It’s showing August 10-11,and August 16-18.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for members of Newtowne Players/friends of Historic St. Mary’s City, $12 for students/seniors/military and $10 for children 11 and under. If you go on Thursday, tickets are $10 for EVERYONE!

                                                  Don’t miss this show!

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