BAFTA Los Angeles' Shakespeare Program
BAFTA Los Angeles has undertaken an ambitious new project: bringing together a group of inner city students to produce an open-air performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and chronicling the entire journey with a feature-length documentary film.
This endeavor will culminate in a performance open to the public at the Ladera Heights Amphitheater at 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 29th. The Media and Arts Programs at George Washington Preparatory School will receive all proceeds, particularly important in light of recent LA Unified School District budget cuts.
The parallels between the Bard’s classic tale of inter-gang warfare and sad loss, and the troubled areas of inner-city Los Angeles are clear, making Romeo and Juliet the perfect play for this extraordinary project. BAFTA Los Angeles members have been mentoring students through the play and documentary, lending their own professional skills and artistry to the productions. Students have been recruited as actors, set-designers, stage managers, wardrobe assistants and hair & make-up artists.
Set against the backdrop of a community often rife with disillusionment and apathy, the accompanying documentary film will cover casting auditions, rehearsals and final play preparations with an engaging cast of students, teachers and parents. BAFTA Los Angeles strives to create a film that will be an inspiration in itself, as well as to other students and schools throughout the country.
For the students of George Washington Preparatory School this is not only an introduction to Shakespeare, but a unique opportunity to be mentored by industry professionals from BAFTA Los Angeles’ ranks.
Ladera Heights Amphitheatre at Ladera Park
6027 Ladera Park Avenue • Los Angeles CA 90056
Tickets are $20 each.
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