Drama club

OHS Drama Club students rehearse for April’s black box show, “Romeo and Winifred,” a comic parody of William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.” From left: Andy Daly, Hope Lowney, Ariahann Rand, Grace Stewart, Jordan Vetter, Kendall Nord, Jamison Bystrom-Walstead.

Rehearsing in a pared down “black box” theater, Osceola High School Drama Club members are days from opening their spring 2019 production, “Romeo and Winifred.”

When they do, they will perform for an audience seated onstage, with action taking place all around them.

“I’ve always enjoyed black box theatre,” said OHS Drama Club Advisor Kevin Carlson. “In my mind I’ve cast about for a facility to do black box with the drama club. About a year ago it occurred to me that we have a facility. We could easily convert the stage into a black box.”

The students were enthusiastic about the notion, Carlson reported.

“They just dove right in,” he said. “They thought it was a great idea. We talked about the intimacy with the audience and opportunities for audience interaction.”

Because of the setup, “Romeo and Winifred,” a parody of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” might have a somewhat improvisational feel.

It has more of an improv feel even though its not improv,” Carlson explained. “I’ve given them the creative license to do a little bit of that kind of interaction with the audience.”

Because of the setup seating will be a bit limited. 

“Getting there early would be a good idea,” Carlson advised. “It’s pay what you can. We don’t want finances to hinder people from coming, or coming more than once.”

“Romeo and Winifred” opens Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m. in the OHS Auditorium. Performances continues April 12 and 13 at 7 p.m., concluding with a 4 p.m. performance April 14. Admission is “pay what you can.”

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