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Cambridge Troupe to Perform Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" at FSU, Offer Workshops to Local High School Students

William Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed love, "Romeo and Juliet," will be performed by the Cambridge University American Stage Tour at Frostburg State University on Friday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's F. Perry Studio Theatre.

This performance, which is open to the public, marks the sixth year that the talented student actors from England's prestigious Cambridge University have returned to FSU.

Shakespeare's famous tale of young love and ancient hatred is set amidst the palaces and piazzas of courtly medieval Italy. The ancient feud between the powerful Montague and Capulet families divides the city of Verona and intensifies when passion arises between young Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. The comic and spectacular aspects of the play are as fundamental to the story as the tragedy and rich poetry. A unique edition of the text and an original live score help to bridge the gap between Shakepeare's era and the present, rendering this production painful, beautiful, funny and acutely resonant with a modern audience.

Cambridge University American State Tour (CAST), the University's newest dramatic society, was founded with the goal of staging an annual, top quality theatrical tour of the United States. Student troupes from Cambridge have delighted audiences since 1855, with former members including such famed actors as Emma Thompson, John Cleese and David Frost.

On Sept. 13, CAST will travel to Beall and Bishop Walsh High Schools, where they will lead 100 students through workshops focused on "Romeo and Juliet." These students will learn how to become aware of their own body language, expressions and speech patterns, along with how to build confidence with public speaking and performance. The next morning, students will attend a private performance of the play at FSU. Joining them will be young men from the Meadow Mountain Youth Center.

For ticket information, call the FSU Box Office at (301) 687-4145. Tickets for Friday night's performance are $7 for adults and $3 for students.

For general information on this and other outreach programs at FSU, call (301) 687-3163.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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