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Humber River Shakespeare Takes ROMEO AND JULIET on Tour, July 8-Aug 3

This summer when you gather under the stars be sure to "Borrow Cupid's wings and soar" with us as we bring a troupe of performers to your neighbourhood to share the tragic tale of Romeo and his Juliet. Humber River Shakespeare Co., now in its seventh season of outdoor summer touring, presents Shakespeare's beloved romantic tragedy ROMEO & JULIET.

Romeo & Juliet transcends all genres and endures centuries because it is a tale we each know all too well: love and loss. With dangerous rivalries and star crossed lovers, Shakespeare's most thrilling play is a masterpiece of poetry and emotion. In the midst of a bloody feud, fragile first-love unfolds. Defying their warring families and shocking their closest friends, two young loves risk everything to be together.

The setting for our Romeo & Juliet is here, now, and where you live because this story is our story. Love, loss, hate, betrayal, and loyalty are all feelings that influence our choices we face each day. Director Kevin Hammond explores the text to emphasize the "difficulty of growing up, parental responsibility, fate versus free will and mortality. There is no clear villain in the play. There is no right side in the feud. There is no reason to keep Romeo (played by Kelly Penner) from his Juliet (played by Eunjung Nam) other than willful stubbornness and hate."

Each performance will be showcased in a unique space: each heritage building and picturesque park we visit will convey Verona in its own unequaled splendour. Several new venues have been added to the tour.

With breathtaking love scenes, riotous comedy, thrilling fights and the most heartbreaking sacrifice of young life, this will inspire, move and enthuse audiences of all ages.

THE CAST: Steve Coombes, Matthew Lawrence, Tim Machin, Eunjung Nam, Drew O'Hara, Kelly Penner, Candy Pryce, Phillip Psutka, Paula Schultz.

THE TOUR:

July 8/9 Dick's Dam Park, Bolton
July 10 Country Day School, King 13415 Dufferin St.
July 11/12 Aurora Town Park
July 13 McMichael Canadian Art Collection
July 15 Blue Mountain Village
July 16 Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto
July 17 Fairy Lake, Newmarket
July 18 Alton Mill Arts Centre
July 19 Fairy Lake, Newmarket
July 20 McMichael Canadian Art Collection
July 22/23 Thornlodge Park, Mississauga
July 24 Fairy Lake, Newmarket
July 25/26 Nineteen on the Park, Stouffville
July 27 Montgomery's Inn, Etobicoke
July 29/30 The Old Mill, Toronto
July 31 Etienne Brulé Park, Toronto
August 1/2/3 Montgomery's Inn, Etobicoke

Performances: Tuesday-Sunday at 7pm.
Admission: Pay-what-you-can at the park.
Suggested donation: $20.
Patron information line: 416-209-2026.
Website: HumberRiverShakespeare.ca.

Director Kevin Hammond
Set Designer Andrea Mittler
Costume Designer Samantha Aylsworth
Fight Director Siobhan Richardson
Stage Manager Stephanie Meine
Producer Sara Moyle
Production/Tour Manager Hugh Barnett
Social Media Adrianna Prosser

Humber River Shakespeare Company is a professional touring theatre company. Led by Artistic Producer Sara Moyle and Artistic Director Kevin Hammond, the company seeks to enrich the artistic profile of communities along the historic Humber River and beyond, by offering free, high- quality, professional performances and workshops. Humber River Shakespeare strives to produce theatrically engaging work with an emphasis on making the text understandable and accessible to both the Shakespeare novice and the experienced theatre patron.



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