Verona Heights

Written by:

Chloe Whitehorn

Cast Size:
18

Roles For:

  • Men: 8
  • Women: 10

Genre:

Adaptation
Comedy

Themes:

School
Shakespeare

Length:

75 min.

Year Written:

2011

Synopsis:

In the hallways of Verona High, another fight breaks out between the Capulet Crew and the Montague Boyz, the high school’s rival cliques. It seems that Samantha, one of the cheerleaders, publicly insulted another girl on Twitter and the principal (”Yo, call me Prince ‘cause I’m your pal”) tries unsuccessfully to mediate between the students. Verona Heights is a present day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, exploring the role peer pressure plays in breeding an atmosphere of violence and the tragic consequences caused by the hierarchy of high school social groups.

Interspersing Shakespeare’s original prose with modern day teenage slang, Verona Heights follows the original plot using language teenage audiences and actors relate to. Juliet’s older sister Cydney, captain of the cheerleading squad and head of the Capulet Crew, believes Juliet should stop hiding in the library and start acting like the future prom queen she should be. Dating Paris, the new exchange student, would be a step in the right direction. Romeo’s friends can’t fathom why, when he’s got the swag that he does, instead of ruling the school with the Montague Boyz he’s moping around over some girl. And then they meet.

Verona Heights is a love story, a comedy, and a glimpse into the tragic possibilities of high school violence and hate.

Characters:

The Montague Boyz

Romeo Montague
Maddie, friends with (and crushing on) Romeo
Ben, Romeo’s best friend
Bella, a friend of Romeo’s
Mercedes Montague, Romeo’s sister
Will Montague, Romeo’s brother
Aliyah, Mercedes’ friend

The Capulet Crew

Juliet Capulet
Cydney Capulet, Juliet’s sister, head cheerleader
Susan, Juliet’s BFF
Ty, a jock
Paris, the transfer student
Samantha, a cheerleader
Gwen, a cheerleader
Zoe, geeky wannabe Capulet
Eddy, Ty’s friend

Neutral

Prince, the principal
Rapper, the chorus
Police officer, an off­stage voice
Ensemble (Capulet friends, Montague friends, other students)

First Produced:

2012, St. Mary's Secondary School, Toronto, ON

Resources:

Available through the CPO Website.

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Notes:

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