Set against the backdrop of feuding rival families, this series of scenes revolve around the tragic intertwining of Romeo and Juliet - a pair of “star-cross’d lovers” from the houses of Montague and Capulet respectively.
Having just met Juliet at a masked ball hosted by her father, we first encounter young Romeo as he scales the orchard walls of Capulet’s estate in the hopes of catching a glimpse of Juliet.
While crouched near her balcony, Romeo overhears Juliet privately profess her love for the young Montague and decides to reveal his presence. The resulting scene perfectly captures the joy and passion of young love as the two declare their feelings for each other and vow to secretly marry as soon as possible.
The following day, Mercutio and Benvolio, both friends of Romeo, are engaged in friendly banter when they encounter a band of Capulets led by Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin. Angered with Romeo for appearing at the Capulet’s ball the other night, Tybalt wishes to rectify the “injuries” done him.
When the newly married Romeo appears on the scene, Tybalt attempts to engage him in a duel, but Romeo smoothly sidesteps all of Tybalt’s enticements to fight. Mercutio is not so easily calmed and takes up Tybalt’s challenge. The ensuing duel costs Mercutio his life much to the horror of Romeo and his friends. Enraged, Romeo takes up Mercutio’s weapons and attacks Tybalt with tragic results.
ROMEO - Passionate, intelligent and in search of true love, Romeo is the teenage son of Lord and Lady Montague. After attending a ball thrown by the Capulets, Romeo falls deeply in love with Juliet (the daughter of Lord Capulet) despite the fact that Romeo’s family has a long-standing feud with the Capulets. His utter devotion and commitment to Juliet cloud his judgement with the Capulets and prevent him from accurately seeing the challenges ahead.
JULIET - Just 13 years old, young Juliet is the only daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet. Beautiful, strong-willed and wise beyond her years, she falls deeply in love with Romeo after meeting him at a party hosted by her father. Her carefree innocence quickly disappears after meeting Romeo revealing a very thoughtful and methodical side to her personality.
MERCUTIO - Nephew to the Duke of Verona, Mercutio is a hot headed prankster who is just as happy to engage in wordplay as he is in swordplay. Spirited, mercurial and at times, slightly unhinged, he is a devoted friend to Romeo and seems to have little regard for the rules. When Tybalt challenges Romeo to a duel in the streets, Mercutio happily takes up the gauntlet with dire results for both houses.
BENVOLIO - A cousin to Romeo, Benvolio is a compassionate and loyal friend. Peaceful and law-abiding, Benvolio cares deeply about Romeo and wants to avoid any conflict with the Capulets.
TYBALT - Arrogant, haughty and easily offended, Tybalt is the cousin of Juliet. As a member of the Capulet family, Tybalt is a sworn enemy of the Montagues and seeks revenge on Romeo (the son of Lord Montague) for crashing a party hosted by Lord Capulet. The young Capulet is an excellent swordsman and not afraid to use his sword when he feels dishonored.