Scalby School students are staging Shakespeare’s tragic tale of teenage love Romeo and Juliet, and received advice and help from a Coronation Street sra and a Sheakespeare expert.
Sam Aston, who plays Chesney, gave acting tips, posed for photos and signed autographs.
The school also received a visit from associate director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre Henry Bell, who shared his knowledge and advice.
The Bard’s love story is a change of pace for the school which has previously staged musicals – including Les Miserables and Miss Saigon – in the February slot at the Stephen Joseph.
Head of drama Stacey Buric said: “My background is in the classics and the rudiments of acting technique. I felt compelled to explore this kind of work at Scalby since the students have for many years concentrated on and mastered musical theatre performances, which is a very different art form.
“I decided to adopt a contemporary setting but keeping all traditional language. The music is a mixture of new compositions, written by students and staff with current music industry standards, which will enhance the mood and atmosphere of the play,” she said.
“As we have so many budding actors within the cast, Sam came to answer any questions about how to become an actor, life on the set on Coronation Street and to give the students an insight into the industry.
“He was so generous with his time and the students were really excited to meet him and asked well thought-out, probing questions to help them understand the job of an actor,” said Stacey.
Henry presented a workshop on Shakespeare in the round, looking specifically at sight-lines and treatment of language. “It was a great opportunity for the students to ask questions and further their understanding of the role or moment being rehearsed,” she said.
Juliet is played by Eleanor Galvin and Romeo by Jake Cooke. Lord Capulet, Juliet’s father, is played by Niall Draycott and Juliet’s cousin Tybalt by Jakee Newton.
Mercutio is played by Chris Towsey and Benvolio by Henry Baxter. Juliet’s nurse is played by Sadie Robinson.
Romeo and Juliet is on at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, from Tuesday February 11 to Thursday February 13, daily at 7.30pm with a matinee at 2.30pm on Thursday.
Tickets are available from the Stephen Joseph Theatre box office: (01723) 370541.