Dwight Chiles' direction of Romeo and Juliet and his concept of placing it in the shadow of Cold Mountain in post Civil War America was brilliant. The dynamics of this Shakespearian production rivals the talent of David Leveaux, the New York Director of Romeo and Juliet, as Dwight brought each character into the hearts of everyone in the audience. His placement, staging and talent of the actors presented itself without question as professional theatre. Look out world it is time for his big stage! With his background and talents so well known throughout Western North Carolina, he packs a house whether on the stage or in the background directing and has them begging for more.
The success of any production of Romeo and Juliet largely depends on the dramatic abilities of the two actors playing the leads. And in that respect, this production is truly blessed. Henry Williamson, lll and his wife Josephine Thomas protray Romeo and Juliet with conviction, yourthful energy and passion. Their balcony scene is one of the true highlights of the show and the final scene in the burial chamber is truly heartbreaking. Henry and Josephine have developed quite a reputation in Asheville where they regularly perform and it is no wonder why. They are both stars and their performances are really wonderful. Between the two of them, there is not one misstep in their potrayals.
The music and the musicians were the perfect accompaniment to the play. Songs dating back to the Civil War lent an authenticity to the production. In addition to directing, Dwight Chiles was one of the singers and as always was exceptional, but one voice stood out above all that was Christine Caldemeyer. Andreas Kampouris and David Yeates added additional support. All four should go on the road as a team.
Henry and Josephine and all the cast of players made Shakespeare easy to hear and understand. The Fangmeyer Theatre itself gave the production the perfect background as part of the Set Design, conceived by Dwight Chiles.
DWIGHT CHILES DIRECTS "ROMEO AND JULIET"
ROMEO AND JULIET
CAPTURES THE HEARTS OF HART AUDIENCE!
David Anthony Yeates played Mercurio / Balthasar and his talent brought new and exciting interpretations to the roles. David will be seen frequently on the HART Stages and we are glad he is also Assistant to our Artistic Director, Steve Lloyd. Look out, David is one who always strives for perfection.
Kudos go out to Emma Helsey, Stage Manager, Lighting Design by Abby Auman, the Choreographer, Kristi DeVille and Christine Caldemeyer for Costumes! Great jobs!
The show has been a sell out, but you might have one last chance by calling the box office at HART THEATRE today at
THE STARS: ROMEO AND JULIET
Romeo and Juliet was the creation of the Mountain Art Theatre and sponsored by the Feichter Studio at the HART THEATRE.
Friar Lawrence and the Prince were played by Samantha Lebrocq. Her characters were strong and well performed and narrated us through the most compelling moments of the show.
ROMEO PLAYED BY HENRY WILLIAMSON, III JULIET PLAYED BY JOSEPHINE THOMAS
Julie Kinter played Lady Capulet with the dynamics of a seasoned performer and she is well known for her work at HART and was Volunteer of the Year 2016.
Allen Law played the Nurse, Tybalt and Paris and could not have been better. His characterzations of each were distinct and performed with strong and precise moves.
Both Julie and Allen were exciting to watch!