With the boys back in school I have been looking back at what we did this summer, perusing some of our photos. This year our summer seemed to fly by faster than usual. I know, it seems that way for us all each year but this one just felt different. We usually fit in a camping trip but we couldn’t seem to squeeze one in this year. We did however find some fun activities in our backyard so to speak.

Each summer our local amphitheater hosts Shakespeare on the Green. They usually have at least two different productions running. This summer the productions were The Merchant from Venice and Romeo & Juliet. While my darlin’ was away during one of his coaching trips I had the brilliant idea to take the monkeys to see Romeo & Juliet.

We packed a picnic basket full of scrumptious food for supper, stopped by  Fresh Market for some snacks, fun drinks and headed off to see one of the foremost classic tragedies of all time. The best part was sharing my love of the theater with the monkeys. Being outside and discovering some of their classmates up on stage was a nice bonus as well. Here are some photos from our evening of Romeo & Juliet along with some lines from the enigmatic bard as well.

Clubs, bills and partisans! Strike! Beat them down! Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montagues!

We loved the fight choreography and how they used drumsticks for clubs.

You are welcome, gentlemen!–Come, musicians play.–A hall,–a hall! Give room and foot it girls.

Chorus: Being held a foe, he may not have access—To breathe such vows as lovers us’d to swear; And she as much in love, her means much less—To meet her new beloved anywhere: But passion lends them power, time means to meet. Tempering extremities with extreme sweet.

Being a former costume designer I found the chorus dressed as woodland sprites with inverted masks very creative.

O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

As Shakespeare’s tale of love and woe was being spun before us, we were able to enjoy supper al fresco. Cabbage wraps of chicken & vegetables with soy sauce, roasted potatoes, green beans and corn on the cob.

Oh and I can’t forget the fun bottled drinks that the boys picked out. There is just something about an ice-cold drink in a glass bottle on a mid summer’s evening.

The night sky began to descend during intermission. Heralding in a beautiful cobalt sky with black lace trees framing the amphitheater. My monkeys, good food and Shakespeare… I couldn’t have asked for a better gloaming hour.

Mercutio: O calm, dishonorable, vile submission! [Draws] Tybalt, you rat-catcher, will you walk?

Tybalt: I am for you [Drawing]

Mercutio: Come, sir, your passado. [They fight]

Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day: It was the nightingale, and not the lark, that pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear. Nightly she sings on yon pomegranate tree: Believe me love, it was the nightingale.

All things that we ordained festival turn from their office to black funeral: Our instruments to melancholy bells; Our wedding cheer to a sad burial feast.

Oh my love! My wife! Death, that hath suck’d the honey of thy breathe, hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.

Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger! This is thy sheath [stabs herself]; there rest, and let me die.

A glooming peace this morning, the sun for sorrow will not show his head: Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things. So shall be pardon’d and some punished: For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

The monkeys had so much fun experiencing Shakespeare and the theater in an outdoor setting this time. Next summer we are going to see both productions, as well as some of the concerts that are going on this fall at the amphitheater. Try to keep in mind, on those occasions where plans fall through or have to be postponed due to busy schedules, that there are usually some wonderful activities nearby. Sometimes our hometowns can be the best place to discover something new and fun.

Just curious, what have you discovered in your town that you usually would have passed by or not made time for?


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