Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare

Junior - Senior Supper Play
Performed by the class of 1909
May 16, 1908

::Unfold th' imagin'd happiness that both recieve in either by this dear encounter:: "As we think over the evening, the first image that naturally rises in our memory is the exquisite production of "Romeo and Juliet," given by the Class of 1909. One can hardly, in a short space, do adequate justice to a performance on which so much time and thought were spent...  
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"...Many of us perhaps had not seen "Romeo and Juliet" acted before, and such, I fancy, will prefer never to have this single impression marred. All other Juliets must seem earthborn beside the exquisite, youthful elf who whispered her love confession over the balcony of the Capulet mansion in dreamy ecstasy, and made dainty sport of the old nurse in the palace garden... ::Lady, by yonder blessed moon I vow, That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops::
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"...How stagey all other Romeos appear after this ardent lover who put a sincerity of conviction into the music of his lines that made the somewhat pallid hero of Shakespeare a fervent reality! There was Mercutio, charming witty Mercutio, so light and graceful that he seemed to trip across our vision as airily as his own Queen Mab...
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"...Perhaps the most striking feature of the performance was the perfection of detail in stage pictures and by-play, and the remarkable ensemble of the whole cast...
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Romeo finds Juliet dead "...Yet any summary of the play must seem cold when compared with our memory image, suffused as it is by the genial spirit that animated the evening, and intertwined with so many friendly recollections... Yet what need to recall a scene that will linger fondly in the thoughts of each member of the Class of 1908!"
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Text by Agnes Goldman, 1908 Year Book, Bryn Mawr College.


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(Photos by H. Parker Rolfe, Philadelphia)



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