Romeo & Juliet
Symphonic Drama by Prokofiev & Shakespeare
“A fantastic experience that blended drama and orchestra into a touching and profound live performance experience” (South Sound Magazine)
An original semi-staged production that synthesizes Prokofiev’s ballet score with the drama of the most epic love story of all time. The drama unfolds seamlessly through two acts of music and theater, with 5 actors from the Tacoma School of the Arts enacted excerpts from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet throughout this dramatic performance, which was planned and scripted by Sarah Ioannides.
“On October 19th, Sarah Ioannides and Symphony Tacoma performed music from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet. This performance was a fantastic experience that blended drama and orchestra into a touching and profound live performance experience… a modern, creative staging for this music and acting—impressive and relevant work from our local arts community.
This production was all about the orchestra music, and the acting provided reference to the story the music was telling. The flow of the performance felt natural, and Prokofiev’s score was always the center of attention.
Believable excitement, nervousness, passion and romance all delivered through Prokofiev’s music, Symphony Tacoma’s artistry, and words from Shakespeare.
This Symphony Tacoma concert was a testament to the creativity and collaboration that our community thrives on. The audience received the performance with enthusiastic applause and admiration. The teamwork and creativity of Sarah Ioannides, School of the Arts, and the Symphony Tacoma musicians has provided a unique and profound shared experience in the performing arts.” November 2019 South Sound Magazine