VERONA, NJ - The Verona Spotlight Players brought a touch of Shakespeare to Verona with their recent presentation of The Comedy of Errors. The Verona High School students worked tirelessly for two months to bring a modernized version of the classic to the stage: they used Shakespeare’s original language but changed the setting to 1970s Greece.
The play, which relies on slapstick, puns and mistaken identity for comedic effect, tells the story of two sets of identical twins who are separated at birth. Senior Aidan Callari and Sophomore Mike Murphy played twins Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus respectively, while Sophomore Sofia Albanese and Senior Abby Bermeo played Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus, the other set of twins.
“I loved how it was a new experience for the audience. We were able to show them how funny Shakespeare still is, and keep a classic alive,” said Bermeo.
Director and Drama Teacher at VHS, Steven Munoz, was proud of all the students accomplished. “Preparing for The Comedy of Errors was more rigorous than any other production I've directed at Verona,” he said. “From day one, I stressed how difficult it will be to memorize lines, and how little work we can do on the show until scripts were out of hands. The cast rose to the challenge and exceeded all expectations. Not only did they know the lines by heart, they really came to understand exactly what they were saying, owning the lines and breathing life into a 425-year-old play.”
The play served as the Spotlight Player’s fall drama. They will also present a musical in the spring, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which will run the first weekend in March.
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