This fall, Friends Academy will present William Shakespeare’s play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The Two Gentlemen of Verona, or “2GOV” as the cast members nicknamed the show, is about two men who fall in love with two different girls. The play includes the issues and betrayals that surround both young loves. The plot of The Two Gentlemen of Verona parallels events that occur here at Friends Academy. Upon hearing that the theater cast will be putting on a Shakespeare production, many people shy away from the play because they are intimidated. To address this concern, the Friends Academy Theater and Dance Department decided to revamp one of Shakespeare’s original plays by adding 1980s music hits, some of which the Seniors played on the Quad during spirit week.
The director, Andrew Geha, explained this interpretation of the show, “1980s music just kind of screamed out. There is a kind of flightiness and an overblown quality to the decisions that the characters make, that matches the melodramatic, overblown qualities of ’80s music and popular culture.”
Mr. Geha highlighted the lesser known Shakespeare play with specific lyrics of songs that correspond with the plot and the characters’ desires. Specifically, the song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by the Proclaimers “made perfect sense.” The song fits well with the personality of the main character, Julia (played by Sierra Fisher ’15). Mr. Geha hopes that the 1980s theme will attract more students and parents as well as prove that Shakespeare can be translated into popular culture. Shakespeare’s play “isn’t as hard to understand as many people assume.”
All students and parents are encouraged to see the show November 7th, 8th or 9th at 7:30 p.m. in the Dolan Center. Students will have the opportunity to see what their peers look like in 1980s clothing, wigs, and makeup, while songs by Bon Jovi, Queen, and Michael Jackson will be featured. The Two Gentlemen of Verona is sure to be a vibrant, refreshing, exciting show that makes Shakespeare fun, and also allows songs like Jessie’s Girl to make a comeback at Friends Academy.