"Our production designer has designed and produced a wonderful set and staging for the show. The overall look and feel of the production is also assisted with very specific lighting effects, music, film and costume.
"I was trained to believe that Shakespeare was written for all and should never be perceived as boring or dated – my approach to this production provides all the necessary ingredients to ensure it is not. It's a two-hour production that packs a punch without losing the core integrity of the script and central themes around love."
"I was keen to direct a show at Limelight Theatre and when I found out they have never performed a Shakespeare production in the 45 years since they were established, the stars aligned. As per previous Shakespeare productions I have directed, time is often the challenge.
"With a standard play, you would allocate a traditional rehearsal period, block the movement, fine tune the show, work on the technical requirements and perform the show. But with Shakespeare you have to spend a lot of time ensuring the actors understand what they're saying, how to say it and guarantee the delivery results in a comprehensive and enjoyable experience for the audience."
"Even though Benvolio is quite calm and rational thinking, he also has a playful and fun side to him. I've never done Shakespeare before so I've been faced with the challenge of understanding and learning what all the characters are saying. There's also the challenge of living up to everyone's expectation of Benvolio's character because the show is so well-known."
"The messages of the story are still relevant today and everyone that watches the show will be able to take that with them. To be able to learn from, and be guided by, director Peter Clark was something that also made we want to be part of the show."
Romeo and Juliet plays at 8pm September 27, 28, 29, October 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 and 13 with a 2pm matinee October 7. Tickets are $21, $18 concession – book at www.limelighttheatre.com.au or on 0499 954 016 between 9am and midday, Monday to Friday. Limelight Theatre is located on Civic Drive, Wanneroo.