Approx. 9 m, 6 w, 3 flexible, extras which can be audience members Script: 42 pages.
About 50 minutes. With graduation fast approaching, two groups of students of Bellefonte
High confront each other in an attempt to influence the next year’s curriculum of
the school. With recollections of past bullying, revealed secret lives, hinted-at
romances, and numerous quotations from Shakespeare’s most famous plays, these teenagers
set up a mock trial to decide if Shakespeare should be studied next year. Like current
day Montagues and Capulets, the students do plenty of verbal fencing -- with a little
Romeo and Juliet romance thrown in -- to ultimately decide if the Bard is worthy
of teens’ time! The cast ranges from the class clown to the valedictorian who lapse
into Shakespearean characters. The flexible casting provides opportunities for some
wonderful soliloquies as well as smaller roles for actors seeking less responsibility.
Additionally, members from the audience may play some of the jurors.