MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The Mamaroneck Shakespeare Players are performing "Romeo and Juliet" and "Much Ado About Nothing" through Sunday.
Directed by Mamaroneck High School’s PACE theater teacher Zachary Moore, this season's productions attracted close to 100 Mamaroneck High School students.
It marks the 42nd consecutive year that Mamaroneck students have performed Shakespeare in the school district.
"Romeo and Juliet" performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday March 10 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday March 12. (The show debuted Tuesday night.
"Much Ado About Nothing" shows are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday March 9 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday March 11. A Sunday matinee closes out the season at 2 p.m.
The plays are particularly relevant in 2016. As Director Moore said, “Both of these plays deal with issues that are present in the lives of young people today."
"In 'Romeo and Juliet,' we have young people dealing with an urge to rebel against their authority figures when they begin to realize that the ideas and philosophies they have been raised with are not in line with what they want their lives to be," Moore said.
"The play illustrates the difficulty of breaking out of a cycle of violence, hatred, and dissension between people that has been occurring for generations. It greatly reflects much of the issues we still deal with as a society," Moore added.
While rapturously funny, Moore said that "Much Ado About Nothing" addresses the great consequences that slandering others can cause.
"In an age when technology easier and easier to bully and cut others down this play reminds us of how damaging rumor, insults, and untruths can be," Moore explained.
New twists? This year’s production of Romeo and Juliet will be slightly modern to reinforce the idea that this story does not belong to any one period of time.
Meanwhile, there will be two original songs set to Shakespeare's language in "Much Ado About Nothing" composed by Skyler Lesser-Roy, a sophomore, and Emily Morris, a junior at Mammaroneck High.
Performances will be in the Hommocks Auditorium in Larchmont.
Tickets are available at the door: $12 for adults, and $8 for students.
Reserved seating tickets are available online by clicking here: