AUBURN – The Auburn Middle School Theater will present William Shakespeare’s timeless classic “Romeo and Juliet” Thursday through Saturday, May 15-17.

Under the direction of Liz Rollins, music and theater teacher at AMS, the students have been working with a somewhat shortened script, but in the Bard’s original language. The sense plot and poetry remain intact as this challenging play is made accessible to younger actors.

With the generous help of parents and many community businesses, the students have also created a thrust stage, balcony and open set to represent the Globe Theater in England.

Assuming the leading roles of Romeo and Juliet are Duncan Gelder and Hayley Barton, and the Nurse and Friar Lawrence are played by Nika Faulkner and Alec Bonang, all eighth-graders.

Performances of this tragic love story, featuring dancing, sword fighting, beautiful music, laughter, poetry and tears, will begin evenings at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets are $5 at the door in the school theater on Falcon Drive, off Court Street.

For more information, call Rollins at 784-1356.

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