Posted by: sriramarao | March 29, 2010

Ben Stevenson’s Ballet Romeo and Juliet

Yesterday 14 February was a very cold day in Dallas, Texas. Being Sunday my son wanted to take us out and found an interesting programme Ben Stevenson’s Ballet of Romeo and Juliet, being performed in Bass performance Hall at Fortworth. Since the show was in the afternoon at 1400 hrs, we started around 1300 and reached the theate at 1345, in a formal attire. It was very cold and breezy. I was thrilled to see the amount of spectators that were standing in the que to collect the tickets which they purchased on line. People mostly dressed in formal attire young and old  were all there to witness the show. There were ample number of volunteers to guide every one in securing the ticket, going to the correct gate by climbing steps or going by lift, seating arrangements etc. There was a old American lady who may be around 85 slowly walked with a stick and when one volunteer asked her whether she can help her to get the ticket, she said ok. The old lady was having tubes from her neck hanging and also one flask like thing connected to the tubes in her hand. She said in her frail voice my husband is getting a  wheel chair for me, and she was helped by another volunteer to go up to the lift and to go to third floor of the hall. We had our reservation in the fifth floor and we were guided to our sets.

The Bass performance hall in Fortworth is a beautiful 5 storeyed hall and nearly 1000 people can be accommadated in the hall. The seats were very comfortable. The tickets were ranging from $ 114 to $ 19 per person depending upon the location of their seat in various side balconies of various floors and the location of their seat in the auditorium, with the seats closer to the dias where the view is good being costlier. The hall is extremely well maintained. There are some people who purchased a drink and some eats before the commencement of the show. Everyone was seated before the commencement of the Ballet. It was interesting that the volunteers at the gate won’t allow anyone to enter the hall once the gates are closed, and no one moves out of the hall, when the show was in the progress.The show commencd on the dot at 1400 hrs with


Act 1, Scene 1- The Market  Place in Verona

Romeo, son of Lord Montague tries unsucessfully to declare his love for Rosaline and is consoled by his friends Mercutio and Benvolio. As  day breaks and the townspeople meet in the market place, a quarell develops between Tybalt, a nephew of Lord Capulet, and Romeo and his friends. The Capulets and Montagues are sworn enemies and a fight soon begins. The Lords Montague and Capulet join in the fray, which is stopped by the appearance of  the Duke of Verona who commands the families to end the feud.

SCENE 2 – Juliet’s Ante-Room in the Capulet’s house

Juliet, playing with her nurse, is interrupted by her mother, Lady Capulet. Juliet’s molther tells her tht she is to be married to Paris. Lady Capulet ignores Juliet’s pleas that she is too young and shows her aughter that , physically, this is not so.

Scene 3 – Outside the Capulet’s house

Guests arrive for aball given by the Capulets’. Romeo, Mercutio and Benvolio, disguised in masks, decide to enter the Capulet’s house in pursuit of Rosaline.

Scene 4 – The Ball Room

Romeo and his friends arrive at the height of festivities. The guests watch juliet dance. Thrilled by Juiet’s beauty, Romeo is entranced. When Paris become suspicious, Mercutio distracts the guests . Romeo and Juliet dance together, and Romeo takes  his mask off so taht Juliet can see him. Tybalt recognizes Romeo and orders him to leave, but Lord Capulet intervenes and welcomes him  as a guest in his house.

Scene 5 – The Garden of Capulet’s House

Juliet stands on the balcony of her room after the ball. It is a moonlit night and she cannot sleep.Romeo appears in the garden below. Juliet goes to join him and they declare their love.




Scene 1 – The Market Place

 Romeo can think only of Juliet, and dreams of the day when he will marry her. In the meantime Juliet’s nurse pushes her way through the crowds in seach of  Romeo to givehim a letter. He reds that Juliet has consented to be his wife.

Scene 2 – Friar Laurence ‘s Cell

Romeo arrives and asks Friar Laurence to marry them. Juliet enters and the lovers are  secretly married by Friar Laurence.

Scene 3 – The Market Place

The crowd is dancing light heartedly. Tybalt begins to provoke. Mercutio Romeo enters the market place and tries to pacify the pair, but Tybalt succeeds in making Mercurio fight.Mercutio is wounded and dies. Enraged , Romeo fights  Tybalt and kills him.Romeo takes flight. The Capulets appear and grieve overTybalt’s boday. The Duke banishes Romeo from Verona.




Scene 1 – Juliet’s bed room

Romeo and Juliet are together but Romeo mst flee the city with the dawn. They dance a desperate duet of farewell. Juliet’s parents enter with Paris and her nurse to make preparations for the wedding. Juliet is distraught and refuses to marry him. Juliet’s parents are angry and threaten to disown her. Juliet rushes to see Friar Laurence.

Scene 2 – Friar Laurence’s cell


Juliet falls at the Friar’s feet and begs for his help. He gives her a vial of sleeping potion, whih will make her fall into a death-like sleep. No one will know she is alive, ad her parents believing her to be dead, will bury her in the family tomb. Friar Laurene tells Juliet that he will send a letter to Romeo instructing him to return under cover of darkness and take her away from Verona.

Scene 3 – Juliet’s bedroom

That eveing Juliet agrees to marry Paris. Her parents are delighted. Left alone Juliet drinks the draught given to her by Friar Laurence. Her parents, arriving with Paristhe next morning, find her apparently  lifeless on the bed.

Sene 4 – The Caplet  FamilyCrypt

Juliet’s body is entombed in the crypt. Romeo, failing to receive the Friar’s message, returns to Verona stunned by grief  at the news of Juliet’s death. Disguised as a monk,he enters the crypt. Believing Juliet to be dead, Romeo drinks a vial of of poison. Juliet awakens and finding Romeo dead, stabs herself.

Overall this was a fantastic Ballet, and the special thing I observed  is the music was not played by any Orchestra, but it was recorded music.


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