Classic Theatre of Maryland to Present Innovative Staging of “Romeo and Juliet” and Shakespeare Workshops September 10


Lewes, DE – In partnership with the Lewes Public Library Spoken Word Society and Shakespeare Festival, the Classic Theatre of Maryland (CTM) will perform a groundbreaking performance of “Romeo and Juliet” at Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Highway in Lewes on Saturday, September 10 at 2:00 PM.

In this unique multimedia staging, professional actors Joshua Olumide and Kira Janine Bennett will perform live in the title roles while interacting with actors and scenery filmed in CTM’s studios. Using state-of-the-art technology and a high degree of creativity, CTM’s founder and producing Artistic Director Sally Boyett has designed a seamless multimedia experience that is entirely true to the Elizabethan text while adapting 21st century ideas of staging and performance. There will be a Q&A session afterwards.

Following the performance, CTM will offer three interactive, small-group workshops. “Creating Romeo and Juliet” with Sally Boyett offers a window into Ms. Boyett’s artistic process in seasonal Shakespearean piece selection, textual adaptation, period placement, rehearsals, production, and making the transition from stage to screen. Tony-nominated CTM Board Chair Donald Hicken will present “The Poet and the Actor: How Shakespeare Informs and Challenges Actors,” and CTM’s Resident Vocal Coach and Actress-in-Residence Nancy Krebs will take participants through the prologue and epilogue of “Romeo and Juliet,” with particular attention to voice and character.

Admission is free. Space is limited, and registration is required. Visit to register and learn more.

The performance and workshops are presented by the Lewes Public Library Spoken Word Society and Shakespeare Festival, supported by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on

The Shakespeare Festival, a program of the Lewes Public Library since 2015, seeks to provide the community with experiences that foster the understanding of Shakespeare and the world in which he lived and wrote. In addition, the Festival fosters the development of new works celebrating the spoken word and hosting performances of classical texts.

The Classic Theatre of Maryland produces bold, re-imagined, entertaining and accessible interpretations of classical works, contemporary plays, and musicals with a core commitment to the works of Shakespeare and other major dramatists. CTM is committed to promoting the highest level of artistic excellence, to cultivating the widest possible audience, and to contributing to the economic and cultural growth of the community, state, and region. Learn more at

The Lewes Public Library anticipates the needs of the community and adapts, creates and supports classes and programs for all ages that encourage a love of reading, exploration and discovery. It provides access for a wide variety of educational, informational and recreational materials to all members of the community through traditional resources and emerging technologies. For additional information, visit

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