The people of Napa County are hereby called to submit videos performing the prologue from William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Inspired by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s #shareyourshakespeare, Shakespeare Napa Valley encourages families, friends, couples and individuals young and old to submit footage of themselves reciting Shakespeare’s famous lines. Videos will be included in a montage featured in the Napa Valley College Shakespeare Napa Valley Student Company virtual production of “Romeo and Juliet” on July 16 at 7 p.m., as well as on social media channels. 

Dare to surprise with creativity, for example a guest appearance with your pet!  

Deadline to submit, July 1, 2020 at midnight. 

 

Guidelines 

  • Video must be oriented horizontally 
  • Scripts must not be visible on the screen, but may be behind the camera for reference 

 

Prologue 

Two households, both alike in dignity
(In fair Verona, where we lay our scene),
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife.
The fearful passage of their death-marked love
And the continuance of their parents’ rage,
Which, but their children’s end, naught could remove,
Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;
The which, if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. 

 

Submit 

Email your video to jking@napavalley.edu by July 1 at midnight with a video release form, located here.