Shakespeare strikes Owen stage with ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Arguably one of the most famous shows in theater history hits The Owen stage.

William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Brandi Baldwin, runs through April 3.

Baldwin is a three-time Montie winner and six-time nominee. She most recently won Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her role in 2014 for The Players Theatre Company’s “Gypsy.” She also won Best Director for 2013’s “The Lion in Winter,” for which she also won Best Props.

The following description is from The Owen’s website:

“Shakespeare’s tragic drama of the “star-crossed” young lovers Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet is best remembered for the famous balcony scene. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet are teenagers who fall deeply in love but their families are bitter enemies. They seize the moment and marry in secret, they make every effort to conceal their actions but these end in tragedy when Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt, Mercutio and Paris all die. The themes running through the play address the issues of the consequences of immature blind passion, hatred and prejudice.”

The show brings several Montie winners to the stage and crew.

Mike Ragan, Lord Capulet, steps out of the sound booth for this one. He won Best Sound Design three years in a row at The Owen for 2012’s “Nunsense,” 2013’s “The King and I,” and 2014’s “Nunsense II.”

Sue McClellan Hayes, wardrobe/costumes, last won in the same category last year for her work in The Players Theatre Company’s “A Christmas Carol the Musical.”

Kerri Edwards, props, last won in the same category in 2014 for “Gypsy.”

Don Hampton, set design, has won twice in the category before. Once in 2012 for “To Kill a Mockingbird” and in 2014 for “Bus Stop.”

Angelie De Los Santos, makeup and hair, has three Monties. Two for Best Actress in a Minor Role in a Musical for 2013’s “Grease” and 2014’s “Gypsy.” She also won last year for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama for The Players Theatre Company’s “Almost, Maine.”

Cast:

  • Manuel Abascal Jr. as Romeo
  • Kristen Malisewski as Juliet
  • Caleb Glass as Benvolio
  • Francis Hicks as Mercutio
  • Erik Watts as Tybalt
  • Mike Ragan as Lord Capulet
  • John Barton as Friar Lawrence
  • Desiree Clarke as Nurse
  • Timothy Eggert as Paris
  • Quint Bishop as The Prince
  • Nichole Mann as Lady Montegue
  • Sara Flynn as Lady Capulet

Crew:

  • Sue McClellan Hayes – wardrobe/costumes
  • Brandi Baldwin – sound design
  • Ron Putterman – lighting design
  • Kerri Edwards – props
  • Don Hampton – set design
  • Greg Taylor – scenic artist
  • Angelie De Los Santos – makeup and hair

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