BAFTA Los Angeles and George Washington Prep present "Romeo & Juliet"
Sunday, May 29, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)
BAFTA Los Angeles has undertaken an ambitious new inner-city project that is bringing together a group of inner city students together to produce an open-air performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and a feature-film documentary that chronicles the entire journey.
This endeavor will culminate in a performance at the Ladera Heights Amphitheater on May 29th. The performance will be open to the public with all proceeds benefiting the Media and Arts Programs at George Washington Preparatory School, particularly in the light of recent Los Angeles Unified School District budget cuts.
The parallels between the Bard’s classic tale of inter-gang warfare and sad loss and the troubled areas of inner-city Los Angeles are clear. Using the play as a familiar backdrop, BAFTA Los Angeles has been working with students of George Washington Preparatory School who have been recruited as actors, set-designers, stage managers, wardrobe assistants, and hair & make-up artists.
Against a backdrop of a community often rife with disillusionment and apathy, the accompanying documentary film will cover casting auditions, rehearsals and final play preparations with an engaging cast of students, teachers, and parents which is hoped will become an inspiration in itself to other students and schools.
BAFTA Los Angeles Members have been mentoring the students through the play and documentary projects, bringing their own professional skills and artistry to the production.
For the students of George Washington Preparatory School this is not only their first introduction to Shakespeare but a unique opportunity to be mentored by industry professionals from BAFTA Los Angeles’ ranks.
BAFTA Los Angeles would like to thank Community Outreach & Education Committee Co-Chairs Katy Haber and Paul Heller, and our BAFTA Los Angeles Volunteers and Mentors for their tireless dedication to the project, including Sherrill Turner, Philip Rhys, Neil Dickson, Noam Freidlander, Nadia Jordan, Henry Hereford, and Eric Friedl, Angie Bass, John Lafferty and Tamara Douglas Morris, and George Washington Preparatory School’s Dr. Melanie Andrews (Drama) and Darryl McCane (Film).