"Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford / No better term than this: thou art a villain!"
This famous line from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet rang out with force in the Middle School Commons three times this week as Natasha Busick's fifth graders took to the stage. With a beautiful set, ornate costumes, epic sword fighting, and most importantly excellent acting by the young thespians, the production entranced all who came to watch.
Ms. Busick's class gave the performance to both their peers and parents, bringing classic characters such as the Nurse, Tybalt, and of course the ill-fated lovers to life. (Romeo was played by Yuankai G. '24, pictured above.) "How did this amazing young class convince me that they should do Romeo and Juliet?" shared Ms. Busick in the play's program. "They spent a long time reflecting about why it is such an important story to tell . . . . They felt that this lesson is so important for all to learn—that hatred does not solve anything, but hurts everyone."
Bravo to the actors, Ms. Busick, parent volunteers, and OES educator Peter Buonincontro for taking us back to ancient Verona!