April 19 at 3:00 pm, relive the timeless tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers through Prokofiev’s masterful music. Carl St. Clair conducts Orange County’s Pacific Symphony in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 featuring dancers David Tai Kim (as Young Romeo) and Keira Schwartz (as Young Juliet), choreographed by Lorin Johnson, with actors Rich Wordes as Romeo (Actor) and Amy Hitchcock as Juliet. For this concert, the actors and dancers will reinstate the original happy ending, which was banned by Joseph Stalin in favor of Shakespeare’s tragic finale.
There will also be a free pre-concert discussion: Romeo and Juliet: How Should The Story End? from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the Judy Morr Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, featuring Joseph Horowitz and UC Irvine Professor Julia Lupton, as well as the actors. Using film clips, they explore the different ways in which the lovers’ tale has been told, with special attention given to Prokofiev’s translation of an Elizabethan tragedy into a Soviet ballet. To attend the event, RVSP to email@example.com.
The concert is part of Shakespeare Reimagined, a semester-long festival in partnership with Chapman University, celebrating Shakespeare through music, film, theatre and dance. Click Here for more information.