WORTON — Tonight, Nov. 17, in the Kent County High School theater, about twelve ninth-graders perform Romeo and Juliet. They and an equal number of older players and crew have been rehearsing Shakespeare’s best-known love story for weeks.
In the Italian city of Verona, the Montague and Capulet families have long been in considerable conflict, whatever the original cause. Two teenagers, one from each family, fall in love at great risk to themselves and others. Their love at first sight begins when a masked Romeo Montague attends a Capulet party at which he and Juliet Capulet immediately fall in love. This plot, repeated in West Side Story, begins as an ordinary romantic comedy, but soon becomes a tragedy, ending with murders and suicides, six unnecessary but fated deaths.