SHS Theatre to Perform at Birdsong Amphitheater


Rachel Tuggle

STEPHENVILLE (May 11, 2016)- The Stephenville High School theatre will perform “The Suessification of Romeo and Juliet” by Peter Bloedel Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at the Birdsong Amphitheater in Stephenville City Park.

Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at SHS or from SPARD.

“We tried to pick something that would be entertaining to the masses,” SHS theatre teacher Mindy Pope said. “We’ve never done an outdoor performance at Birdsong Amphitheater, so that will be really fun.”

The idea for an outdoor play for the community came from Stephenvilles community services director Jeremy Allen, who was looking for a way to use the amphitheater more. His last city held a play in the park, so he suggested the idea to Pope.

“I just kind of threw the idea out there and she just ran with it,” Allen said.

In addition to the play, Jimmy’s Fun Foods will be there selling “Suessesque” foods such as green eggs and ham. Attendees are advised to bring lawn chairs if desired.


“We hope this might be the start of a tradition, like an annual event,” Pope said. “That would be really fun.”

“The Suessification of Romeo and Juliet” was student-directed by seniors Hanna Hayes and Cameron Wisener.

“I was really proud of them,” Pope said. “They did a great job.”

The Dr. Suess version of this iconic play is family-friendly and entertaining for all ages. True to the Suess style, the whole play rhymes.

“The most challenging part was memorizing all of the lines,” said junior Keith Ray, who plays Romeo. “They are really hard to memorize – they’re all Suessified.”

But Ray loves theatre and was up for the challenge of playing Romeo.

“I like this take on the story – sort of a comedy on Romeo and Juliet,” Ray said. “I just love comedies. They’re funny, and I like being a part of theatre.”

Junior Sarah Ziegler, who plays Juliet, is excited for the performance because it is her first time to be a lead character.

“The best part is just imagining the faces on the kids,” Ziegler said.

If it rains on Thursday, the play will be canceled. But if there is rain on Friday, the performance will be moved to the SHS auditorium.

“There will be a Friday performance for sure,” Pope said.


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