Summit students stage Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”

Summit students stage Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”

Junior Sophie Evans and senior Reyyan Khan performed their roles of Juliet and Romeo, respectively, earlier this month. (Photo by Jolene Barton)

When he first arrived at The Summit, Middle & Upper School Theater Director Tom Peters delved into William Shakespeare’s works. It started with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” “Much Ado About Nothing” soon followed. 

Naturally, the next step in the Shakespearean catalog is one of his most well-known works. Mr. Peters decided the students, who were in middle school, were too young for the subject matter. However, he did promise to revisit the discussion when they reached the Upper School. On Oct. 6, he fulfilled the promise when a cast of 16 students performed “Romeo and Juliet.”

“The previous students in the Upper School were a bit weary of performing Shakespeare,” Mr. Peters said. “However, because this current group started with Shakespeare, the timing felt right. I kept the promise I made to them when they were younger.”

Junior Sophie Evans, Glendale, and senior Reyyan Khan, Mason, performed their roles of Juliet and Romeo, respectively. Sophomore Margot Lakes, Anderson Township, played Montague. Senior Chris Guarasci, Anderson Township, and sophomore Emma Mautz, Anderson Township, played the Capulets.

Below is a complete cast list:

Senior Anna Fahrmeier, Anderson Township, Escalus, Prince of Verona; sophomore Vennis Yang, Paris, a young Nobleman; sophomore Margot Lakes, Anderson Township, Montague; senior Chris Guarasci, Anderson Township, Capulet; sophomore Emma Mautz, Anderson Township, Lady Capulet, Wife to Capulet; senior Reyyan Khan, Mason, Romeo, Son to Montague; junior Sophie Evans, Glendale, Juliet, Daughter to Capulet; senior Tess Wyrick, Pleasant Ridge, Nurse to Juliet; senior Lilly Gieseke, Hyde Park, Mercutio, Friend to Romeo; sophomore Avery McEachern, Newtown, Benvolio, Friend to Romeo; senior Hudson Nuss, Montgomery, Tybalt, Nephew to Lady Capulet; sophomore Erin Devine, Mariemont, Friar Lawrence, a Franciscan; sophomore Tommy DiPaola, Columbia-Tusculum, Peter, Servant to Juliet's Nurse, Friar John, of the same Order and Sampson, Servant to Capulet; sophomore Aidan Lawler, Anderson Township, Gregory, Servant to Capulet and Balthasar, Servant to Romeo; freshman Erin Johnson, Anderson Township, Abraham, Servant to Montague; sophomore Penny Song, Mason, An Apothecary.

For a complete photo gallery from the Upper School’s production of “Romeo and Juliet”, click here