Two student actors enacting a scene from Romeo and Juliet.
Sylas Velázquez (left) and Lula Lash-St. John enact a scene from the MGRS production of "Romeo and Juliet," part of the 35th Season of Shakespeare & Company's Fall Festival of Shakespeare; photo by Alec Sills.

Starlight and Shadows: Verona’s Lament Reborn at Mount Greylock

With the moon as their confidant and the velvet dark their shroud, two young lovers pledge their troth and tempt the tender bloom of tragedy.

Under the canopies of the Berkshires, as autumn whispers its final soliloquy, Mount Greylock Regional School students will breathe new life into Shakespeare’s eternal tale of passion and woe, Romeo and Juliet. With the rustle of fallen leaves as their backdrop, they will summon the spirits of Verona’s ill-fated lovers who dared challenge the fates with their tender youth and fervent voices.

This reimagining, part of Shakespeare and Company’s 35th annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare, promises to be a poignant mosaic of adolescence and ardor, capturing the tempestuous dance of innocence and tragedy under the spotlight on Mount Greylock’s stage.

The timeless story will be brought to life by students from grades 7 – 12, a wistfully perfect company to reminds audiences of the fervor of first love and the unyielding grip of destiny. Mount Greylock Regional School and Shakespeare & Company give the public their first chance to witness the performance Thursday, November 9th and Friday, November 10th, at 7:00 p.m. in the school’s auditorium at 1781 Cold Spring Road in Williamstown.

The Fall Festival of Shakespeare is made possible with funding from the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, the Feigenbaum Foundation, the Janey Fund, and the Local Cultural Councils—supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency—of Lee, Lenox, New Marlborough, Northern Berkshire, Pittsfield, Richmond Sheffield, Springfield, Stockbridge, and Tyringham, and many other individuals and local businesses.

The play is directed by Erin O’Connor and Naire Poole, with costume design by Caleb Stoloski and production design by Bill Gordon.

Show tickets must be purchased in advance — $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, and $5 for nondistrict students — and are available by visiting or by scanning the QR code on show posters.

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