Translating the verbal to visual- turning a dramatic text into a full sensory experience- is not a linear process. The early stages of world building often involve working backwards and using imagery as another way to discover the story on the page.
A small but mighty group (including resident Wizard Wayne Vettleson!) got together on an October Sunday morning to dive into Mood Board Making! Online! We are living in the future!
We all hopped on Zoom, and I set up a Google Slides file that everyone could edit live. After a quick primer, some examples, and a virtual high five, off we went!
While the key words the students came up with and the images they selected all speak to the world of the play in a multitude of ways, the most valuable part of this exercise was the conversation these images sparked. Scroll down for a look at this wonderful creative work!
After letting the play percolate in our brains for a bit, the students offered their responses to the big question at the heart of every theatrical production: What Is This Play ABOUT?
"Romeo and Juliet is about the consequences of power dynamics. The power of parents over their children, the power of children defying their parents, the power of friendships, and the power of faith and potions that drive human decisions. There's also an element of extremity. The extreme hatred between two families, the extreme choices of death made by Romeo and Juliet, and the extreme progression of events in just a span of a few days." - Aly Tu
"Romeo and Juliet is about the teenage rebellion that all parents try to ignore. When a parent says something without a reason their child finds justifiable, the child will go fourth and perform/defy the action of the parent with or without the their consent. This is not necessarily about defiance, but instead a way to circumvent defiance while trying to remain in the favor of the parents and the people."- Libni Rivera
"Romeo and Juliet is about the consequences of grudges and ongoing feuds that in this case can only be settled by tragedy and death of two young lovers. Ie recently been thinking about how we can connect R&J to 2020 and how the younger generations are really stepping up to make a change in society and its systems, just as Romeo and Juliet could no longer live in a world where their love was forbidden, Gen Z and others are fed up with the world being the unaccepting, dark, gloomy place that it is. "- Lauren Ferrell
I look forward to discussing these perspectives and more when we meet on Zoom on Sunday October 18th for a world-building conversation- and Mood Board making party!