“Two households, both alike in dignity....”
And so goes the fateful love story. Romeo and Juliet still resonates with audiences because of its timeless themes speak to conflicts throughout the ages.
Signature School International Baccalaureate Dance is furthering that connection through its original performance of the ballet Romeo and Juliet with music by Sergei Prokofiev.
But this is Romeo and Juliet as you’ve never seen it before. Our “two households” are set in the Midwest at Verona College. It’s the Vietnam War Era, a period when fears and misunderstandings sometimes turned violent and even deadly. Nevertheless, Romeo, an anti-war protester, and Juliet, daughter of Governor Capulet, find love through the power of dance.
This production will premiere at the beautiful Victory Theatre February 5th at 7:00 and February 6th at 2:30 and 7:00. General admission tickets are $15.
We have received a generous grant from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, but the cost of producing our show in the historic Victory Theatre is costly. Your donation will help to underwrite a student performance as well as pay for the over 100 costumes, nearly 100 props, professional lighting and sound staff, publicity, and video production.
With a cast of nearly forty dancers, this show give opportunities to seasoned dancers as well as to students who are new to the art form. The Signature School IB Dance program has an open-door policy that allows any of our 300 high school students to participate, giving them the opportunity to take classes and perform in a safe environment, without the cost of studio fees.
Our performers have been working hard since August 2015. Please help us make this a memorable and professional production!
Risks and challenges
Our dance program gets no financing from our school, so we must raise all the money ourselves. This past year, we applied for and received a grant from the local arts council to help finance the production at the beautiful Victory Theatre next door to our school. With this professional venue, however, our expenses have increased dramatically. We are also putting on a performance for local students at a reduced rate, which will also increase our budget.
To save money, we try to be as resourceful as we can, re-purposing materials, clothes, and furniture. Our sets are minimalistic, too, which saves on production expenses.
Our students are very dedicated, but their schedules are very tight, as they all take college-level classes (Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate) from their freshman year on. Therefore, we have to be resourceful with our time, too, and make the most of every minute.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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