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ER fall play: Romeo and Juliet- the Tavern Way

The recently chosen cast of ER's fall play: Romeo and Juliet, listen as Director Chris Tavern speaks.

The recently chosen cast of ER's fall play: Romeo and Juliet, listen as Director Chris Tavern speaks.

Mikayla Jennings

The recently chosen cast of ER's fall play: Romeo and Juliet, listen as Director Chris Tavern speaks.

Mikayla Jennings

The recently chosen cast of ER's fall play: Romeo and Juliet, listen as Director Chris Tavern speaks.

Cast selections announced following auditions Sept. 15 and 16.

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The shaky hands and the quivery but strong voices. The nervous tones of the students, as they performed their Shakespearian monologues. The anxious chatter, the terrified faces as they finished. Play auditions for Romeo and Juliet: the Tavern Way, came to ER Sept. 15 and 16

“It was nerve-wracking going in especially to read a Shakespearian monologue, it’s a whole different skill set,” senior Rhyan Cockrell said. “I was nervous but I rehearsed a lot so I was pretty confident with my performance.”

Director Chris Tavern is not doing it the same way as Shakespeare. He’s not making it all about Romeo and Juliet but about all the characters as well.

“It’s not two love sick people who make some dumb choices, it’s a story of how many people in their lives, and their series of unfortunate choices a couple people die,” sophomore Joyce Arnold said

The way Mr. Tavern chooses his cast is different than famous directors. It’s quite unique.

“I don’t pick based on how you act up there,” play director Chris Tavern said “I choose on how you act down here, if you are respectful. I’d rather work with people that are really talented and good to work with than ones that are really talented and have a bad attitude.”

Tavern is even gender bending some of the original characters. Tavern said he’s going to cast Mercutio as a girl.

“I hope to get the part of Mercutio,” sophomore Lauren Chumney said. “I think it’s rad that Tavern is casting the role of Mercutio as hopefully a girl, but I’d be happy with any part,”

This has opened opportunities up for people. Even some of the boys want to play the female roles. Tavern even said he can see Mercutio kissing Romeo and of course everyone laughed.

Cast of ER’s fall play: Romeo and Juliet:

Escalus – Amanda Lawrence

Count Paris – Alex Shearer

Mercutio – Rhyan Cockrell

Friar Laurence – Jesiah Bozich

Lord Capulet – Richard Klem

Lady Capulet – Tia Petersen

Juliet – Haley Hoff

Tybalt – Gavin Maher

Nurse – Sandy Roscelli

Sampson – Abbie Jones

Gregory – Emma Lou Borgen

Peter – Tristan Wiss

Capulet #1; Servant – Dana Montevideo

Lady Montague – Nina Brown

Romeo – Matthew Kusche

Benvolio – Ethan Wiederspan

Balthasar – Logan Swank

Abraham – Tyler Bereal

Montague #1; Apothecary – Brooklynn Brown

Montague #2; Paris’s Page – Juliana Diaz

First Officer; Part-Goer – Sammi Kuhlman

First Watchman; Party-Goer – Karly Absher

Second Watchman; Party-Goer – Jacob Chavez

Third Watchman; Party-Goer – Eric Baril

Citizen; Party-Goer – Payge Batson

Citizen; Party-Goer – Jenna Davis

Citizen; Party-Goer – Alex Hays

Citizen; Party-Goer – Katie O’Bryant

Citizen; Party-Goer – Alivia Schwartz

Citizen; Party-Goer – Alisha Yoon

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