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Anyone who has graduated from high school has likely read William

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet It has become part of the world's collective

literary consciousness and been put to music, danced, sung, filmed, filmed

again and, greatest of all, staged in high school auditoriums the world

over. Taipei is now no exception.

While many productions have veered wildly from the original, Taipei-European

School (TES) will retain not only the language of the bard's classic, but

also its original Italian Renaissance setting, with costumes and set design

developed through the joint efforts of Judith Paulin, the production's

director and an English teacher at TES, and Amanda Darling, a professional

dramatist. The performances will also feature live musical accompaniment.

According to Pauli "The most rewarding aspect of staging the [production]

has been how the school community has come together in support [of our

efforts]. The students have put a huge commitment of time and energy into

the play."

In addition, she said that while this is probably the students' first

experience reading < much less performing < Shakespeare, the play and its

theme of love resonates with the performers. "The students are really

enjoying the challenge," said Paulin.

Romeo and Juliet will be performed at TES' secondary school auditorium next

week, March 14 through March 16. The curtain for each performance will go up

at 7:30pm. The school is located on Yangmingshan and can be reached by

taking the MRT to Shihlin station. From there, ride bus 260 or 265 to Yangte


Tickets are NT$100 each, and are available by phone at (02) 2862-2919 or fax

at (02) 2862-1662.

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