Students at Thurston Community College are preparing to wow audiences next week with their musical interpretation of Romeo and Juliet.
The upper school production, which will take place from Wednesday to Sunday at 7.30pm, will see pupils perform the classic play using contemporary pop songs such as Uptown Funk, Happy and Take Me to Church.
“We were really surprised by how well the songs went,” said Sally Scurrell, head of drama and dance.
“Like using Take Me To Church when Romeo is banished and told, wrongly, that Juliet’s dead and he has to go to the church, where she’s lying in state, to see her, that goes really, really well.”
The play was chosen to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakepeare’s death while allowing the students ‘to do something different’.
Mrs Scurrell said she knew a lot of Year 11s would already have a good understanding of the text and it ‘leant itself really well to a modern interpretation through music’.
She added: “We’ve made it really inclusive so anyone can enjoy it, at any age. It’s still the same story but told in a way that anybody and anyone can understand it. The songs really help and, because they know the songs, a younger audience can really connect with the story too.”
The students will wear a mix of traditional and contemporary costumes, including doublets which have been made by the school’s A-level textile students which will be blue and purple denim for the Montagues and black and red leather for the Capulets
The show will also be videoed by the media students and involve performances by music students and a dance company.
Mrs Scurrell stressed that they received two NODA awards for their show last year and next week’s would be of an equally high standard. For tickets, priced at £7, go to www.thurstoncollege.org.uk