CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s 2015-16 season will begin this month with a production of William Shakespeare’s enduring tale of young love, “Romeo and Juliet.”
Performances will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 19-20 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.
OSU theater arts professor George Caldwell is directing the familiar tale of star-crossed lovers, which is set at the height of the 19th-century Romantic era and will feature elegant costumes and exciting swordplay.
The cast features OSU students Kolby Baethke as Paris; Daniel Barber as Mercutio; Cheyenne Dickey as a vendor; Robert Best as Lord Montague; Dakota Carter as a Montague; Ruth Drake as a vendor; Erick Harris as Samson; Nick Diaz-Hui as Tybalt; Lindsey Esch as Lady Montague; Sedona Garcia as Benvolia; Anahelena Goodman-Flood as a friend; Brian Greer as Romeo; Alex Herrington as Rosaline; Emerson Hovekamp as a Capulet; Jade Kasbohm as a local; Sidney King as the apothecary; Hunter Leishman as Abraham; Annie Parham as Juliet; Nate Pereira as a Capulet servant; Chase Pixley as a Capulet; Emily Upton as the nurse; Steve Walter as a Montague; and Cory Warren as the Prince.
Also featured are community actors Rick Wallace as Lord Capulet; Diana Jepsen as Lady Capulet; and Craig Currier as Friar Lawrence.
‘Romeo and Juliet’ is the first production of the 2015-16 OSU Theatre season, “All the World’s a Stage: Celebrating Shakespeare,” and will feature a collection of plays inspired by Shakespeare. The season is being dedicated to the memory of C.V. “Ben” Bennett, a long-time OSU faculty member who died this summer. During his career, Bennett worked in technical theater, as a director, as coordinator of the University Theatre and as chair of the Department of Speech Communication at OSU.
Other productions planned for the season include Cole Porter’s jazzy musical, “Kiss Me Kate,” Paula Vogel’s “Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief,” and Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.”
Tickets for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ are $12; $10 for seniors; $8 youth/student; and $5 for OSU students. They can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ or by calling the box office at 541-737-2784. Accommodations for disabilities and group ticket sales may also be arranged through the box office.