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Romeo (Matt Plastow), believing Juliet (Anna Kiner) dead, seeks one final kiss.
Romeo (Matt Plastow), believing Juliet (Anna Kiner) dead, seeks one final kiss. (Rene Schofield / Courtesy of Kinnick HS)

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Kinnick High School drama students Saturday wrapped up their fall production of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

The Saturday performance in Little Theater culminated four nights of entertainment where the audience was transported to the 12th-century streets of Verona, and to the houses of the families Capulet and Montague.

Kinnick spokeswoman Jackie Means said the cast and audience explored love, vengeance and fate in the classical tragedy.

Students dedicated numerous hours preparing for the fall production, Means said, noting they memorized the script and constructed each set.

“This experience has no doubt enriched all our lives,” Means said in a written statement released during the weekend. “And while many of the performers were new to the stage, it was clear they had invested tremendous energy and effort into this show. Years from now, they will look back upon these performances proudly, recalling the timeless depths and breadth of Shakespeare’s tragedy of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ having not only studied it, but having lived it for a time.”

“We are so very proud of each and every KHS drama cast and crewmember who took on such a challenging work and breathed life into it with such creative energy and dedication,” Director Rene Kehau Schofield added. “Bravo to all.”

The cast for the performances was:

Romeo: Matt Plastow; Juliet: Anna Kiner and Miyoko Noma; Friar Lawrence: Ryan Christoffersen; Tybalt: Patrick Harrington; Mercutio: Zach David Weight; nurse: Jamie Gunter; Benvolio: Chris Woody; Capulet: John Sigmon; Lady Capulet: Ilka Tungol and Kamille Elejorde; Prince Escalus: Stuart VanDeventer-Lotspeich; Montague: Joel Pettigrew; Lady Montague: Rhea Fernandez; narrator: Keisha Mamaril; apothecary: Angela Watts and Gina Cairney; Paris: Brian Bowers; friar: John-Hanna Kahl; Balthasar: Monique Rose; Sampson: Gina Cairney; Gregory: Ryan Christoffersen; Peter: Ashley Walters; Abraham: Brandon Patterson; citizens of Verona: Margaret Gabel, Sierra Sumner, Ashley Walters, Brandon Patterson and Monique Rose.

The stage, lighting and makeup crews included Lacy Devick, Michael Choy, Raynor Bugayong, Michael Bellavance, Sean Dublino, Brandon Patterson and Jackie Guerrero.

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