William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet Essay examples

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Romeo and Juliet: a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme. These star crossed lovers’ tragedy has become a cultural institution and spanned countless adaptations. Because of this, most audiences carry a multitude of conceptions about the play and these ideas affect their perspective of the show. This creates a problem for directors. How do you make a show that works with the audience’s ideas. The School of Dramatic Arts’ production of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare effectively created an engaging and compelling show. In particular, the school utilized the elements of design to make a cohesive production. The costumes for Romeo and Juliet, including the hair and makeup, not only evoked the story but the style in which the director Kelly Ward decided to set the show. Ward set the show in 15th century Italy and the costumes and hair reflected this setting. Costumes are an important tool to guide the audience’s journey through the play. They offer the audience with hints about characterization and can even be used as a tool to foreshadow. For example, in this production, Friar Lawrence wears no shoes. This costuming choice subtly reflects Friar Lawrence’s nurturing, natural side, which Shakespeare emphasizes in Act 2 Scene 3 as Friar Lawrence fills “this osier cage of ours/with baleful weeds and precious-juiced flowers” (Shakespeare 2.3.7-8). Lady Capulet wore her hair pinned up the entire show. This styling choice mirrors how her husband Lord Capulet oppresses…

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