OFHS drama students prepare Romeo and Juliet sequel

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Kraig Patenaude and Addy Hatch rehearse a scene as star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet in Oconto Falls High School’s upcoming spring production of “Romeo and Juliet’s Unofficial, Unnecessary Sequel.”

All Oconto Falls High School freshmen study the writings of William Shakespeare, including “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet,” in English class.

The OFHS Drama Club this year decided that it was time to bring Romeo and Juliet to the local stage, but with a twist. Rather than the original story, the students will present “Romeo and Juliet’s Unofficial, Unnecessary Sequel” by Edward J. Thomas.

Not happy with how the story of Romeo and Juliet ended, Prince Escalus decides that everything would have been better had the two famous lovers lived. With Romeo and Juliet alive and their fathers agreeing to end their vicious feud, it appears that there will finally be a happy ending.

Preparations are made for the couple to renew their vows in front of both families to cement the new peace. Will they live happily ever after, or will the fickleness of being a teenager – coupled with Romeo’s knack for getting those around him killed – ruin this famous relationship?

Students involved in the production are Kraig Patenaude, Addy Hatch, Camden Jackson, Madison Pecha, Paige Bain-Vrba, Mackenzie Staidl, Hunter Christenson, Ryan Umentum, Aliza Dickinson, Keith Archiquette, Ethan Winkler, Emily Tomasek, Aidan Spillane, Andrea Waschbisch and Hannah Fontaine, who is also serving as student director.

The club and performance are directed by high school teacher Gayle Gander.

Performances of “Romeo and Juliet’s Unofficial, Unnecessary Sequel” are scheduled for 7 p.m. March 31 and April 1 and 2 p.m. April 2 in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center.

Tickets will be sold at the door. Prices are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

For information, call the high school’s theater department at 920-848-4467, ext. 4150.