Colorado Ballet

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

Choreographer: Alun Jones - 2011
Martin Fredmann - 2003, 1992, 1989
Martin Fredmann (staged by Jocelyn Labsan and Andrew Thompson) - 1997
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Years performed: 2011
2003
1997
1992
1989

 Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov - by Terry Shapiro

Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov - by Terry Shapiro

Synopsis

Act I
Scenes 1&2 – The Marketplace in Verona
It is dawn and Romeo, the son Lord Montague, is found declaring his love to the fair Rosaline.  Romeo’s reverie is interrupted by his friends Mercutio and Benvolio, who playfully mock him.  With the sunrise, the marketplace fills with townspeople, among whom are members of the rival families, the Capulets and the Montagues.  Tempers flare and a quarrel develops.  The Prince of Verona appears and commands that the feud must end.  Anyone disobeying his orders will be exiled from Veronoa.

Scene 3 – A Room in the Capulet’s House
The young Juliet plays with her nurse.  Lady Capulet enters with a ball gown for Juliet and tells her that the following day, she will become betrothed to Paris, a young nobleman.

Scene 4 – Outside the Capulet House
Rosaline is among the guests who arrive for the Capulet’s ball.  Romeo and his friends, disguised in masks, follow her and slip into the Capulet’s house.

Scene 5 – The Ballroom
While dancing with Paris, Juliet is confronted by Romeo.  Later, Tybalt, suspecting Romeo’s identity, tries to start and argument but is prevented by Lord Capulet, who abides by the laws of hospitality.

Scene 6 – Juliet’s Balcony
On the balcony outside her bedroom, Juliet dreams of Romeo.  He appears below in the garden and declares his eternal love.

Act II
Scene 1 – The Marketplace in Verona
The carnival is in progress.  Romeo, indifferent to the gaiety around him, is sought out by Juliet’s nurse.  She delivers a letter from Juliet asking Romeo to meet her at Friar Lawrence’s chapel.

Scene 2 – Friar Lawrence’s Cell
In his cell, Friar Lawrence joins the young lovers in marriage.  Friar Lawrence prays that their union will bring an end to the strife between their families.

Scene 3 – The Marketplace in Verona
At the height of the carnival, Romeo returns to the marketplace.  Tybalt accosts him, but Romeo declines to fight.  Mercutio engages in a duel with Tybalt and is killed.  Romeo, distraught, turns on Tybalt and kills him.  The two bodies are brought before the Prince of Verona, who banishes Romeo from the city.

Act III
Scene 1 – Juliet’s Bedroom
In Juliet’s bedroom, the lovers awaken at sunrise and Romeo, under the sentence of exile, must leave Juliet and Verona.  Lady Capulet informs Juliet that she must marry Paris.  Juliet declares that she will not marry him.  Paris, hurt by her rebuff, leaves with Lord Capulet; and Lady Capulet angrily warns Juliet to prepare for her wedding.  In despair, Juliet flees to seek the help of Friar Lawrence.

Scene 2 – Friar Lawrence’s Cell
Juliet receives a potion from Friar Lawrence that will place her in a death-like sleep.  Romeo will be warned of the plot and, finding her in the family crypt, will take her away from Verona.

Scene 3 – Juliet’s Bedroom
Juliet returns home and pretends to agree to marry Paris.  Paris leaves the room with the Capulets, and Juliet takes the sleeping potion.

Scene 4 – Outside Juliet’s Bedroom
Juliet’s nurse and friends find her unconscious on the morning of her marriage to Paris and believe she is dead.

Scene 5 – The Capulet Family Crypt
Romeo, who has failed to receive Friar Lawrence’s message revealing the plan, believes Juliet to be dead and rushes to her tomb.  Embracing Juliet for the last time, he takes poison.  Juliet awakens to find Romeo dead.  Grief-stricken, she kills herself with his dagger.

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