BRUNSWICK – Twenty high school actors will be featured in a production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” that opens Friday, March 18, at The Theater Project, 14 School St. It runs for three weekends, closing Sunday, April 3.

Director Al Miller is working with teenage actors from Brunswick, Bowdoinham, Bath, Cumberland, and Yarmouth.

“The play is Shakespeare’s,” Miller said. “We aren’t attempting to set it at a different time or in a different place. However, the setting the actors find themselves to perform this play is not what you might expect. The best theater has many surprises. No one goes to a Shakespeare play to find out what happens,” he said.

The cast includes Patrick McGuire as Romeo and Bonnie Paige as Juliet. Carl Elsaesser and Molly Elder are Mercutio and Tybalt, Carrie Bell-Hoerth is Benvolio, Sam Hutton is Friar Laurence, and Emily Field is the nurse.

McGuire said, “Six years ago I played a fox in my first production at The Theater Project. The role that I play now is substantially different than that fox, from those simple lines to my present lengthy speeches in iambic pentameter. I now require a dictionary, a pencil, and both eyes on the page to understand – and to memorize.

“Despite these substantial changes, I am still drawn back to The Theater Project every time there is an audition, always to be reunited with familiar faces and to greet new ones, to grow as an actor, and to grow as a person,” he said.

Also performing are: Karin Baard, Cayla Thompson, Ben Johnson, Katie Estabrook, Alex Toy, Jen Crosby, Kala Hoke, Aiden McIlhenny, Ella Field, Elizabeth Rice, Santina Polky, Cecelia Mauceri and Sam Nevens.

Sets are by Christopher Price, lights by JP Gagnon, and costumes by Jen Roe.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is no performance Easter Sunday, March 27.

All tickets are Pay-What-You-Want, with a suggested price of $10. For reservations, phone 729-8584 or e-mail [email protected] The Theater Project Web site is

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