Romeo meets Juliet at Treloar’s
The Treloar’s Sixth Form performed an adapted version of Romeo & Juliet on 7th March 2019 – World Book Day. The performance was totally inclusive to enable all students from all four Sixth Form classes to participate.
This activity provided our students with a stimulating, engaging, holistic and cross-curricular learning focus. The students quickly took ownership of the play and worked collaboratively to create a wonderful performance, which was shared with students from both school and college, parents and other invited guests.
Leo, who was cast as Romeo, communicated beautifully throughout the performance using his AAC communication aid. This was the first time we have given an AAC user a song to sing during a performance. Leo was extremely proud to deliver his version of ‘ Make you feel my love’ and there was barely a dry eye in the house!
Amelia played Juliet and she overwhelmed us all with her ability to recall all of her lines, along with her rendition of ‘How long will I love you?’: it was a truly beautiful moment in the play.
Joss was outstanding in his performance as he played the parts of both Benvolio and Friar Laurence. Alongside Kiera and Faizah, Joss also narrated the play. This was previously “green screened” and then projected on stage as the actors acted out the story to the narration.
The Pathway to Education group provided the wheelchair ballroom dancing, with Charlie also being cast as Count Paris in the play. Debbie , Tabitha and Frances made wonderful villagers, maids and angels dancing during the death scene.
Felix did a great job as Prince Escalus, with Dan and Theo excelling as Mercutio and Tybalt, fighting to the death!
Kiera and Stefan played the parts of Juliet’s parents, with Amos playing Romeo’s Father. Faizah made an excellent nurse for Juliet and Jehana supported Friar Laurence in her part as Friar John, who went rushing off to Mantua with a letter for Romeo!
Kitty demonstrated her flair for writing when she was invited to write her own pieces of descriptive writing to enhance the script and support the audience’s understanding of the story. Kitty used her AAC to speak each piece that she had written to the audience from the front of the stage: her colourful use of language added something extremely special to the performance.
Overall the performance was a great success and all involved were delighted to have been part of such a memorable event.
I am extremely proud of all the students and staff involved, it was a lot of hard work for everyone, but we all gained so much from it.
Jenny Judge, Sixth Form Coordinator
Members of the cast