Newquay Junior Academy’s year 6 pupils performed their version of Romeo and Juliet this week to an audience of parents and pupils. The children and staff had been working on the production, which was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous love story, since early June, when auditions and rehearsals began. Year 6 teachers Jethro Baines and Simon Hickie wrote and directed the play, with the amazing support of other staff at the academy.
“The performances were very slick and professional and the children clearly loved being on stage,” Jethro Baines reported. “It was quite a challenge for the pupils to learn the complex language of Shakespeare, but a great introduction to classic theatre for them.”
The show was one of the biggest that the academy has put on to date, involving over 120 pupils, 65 of which had speaking parts. The show comprised of traditional and modern dialogue, songs and dances as well as plenty of comedy. Parents were clearly thrilled with the performances and proud of their children whose acting was outstanding.