Directing Act 1 Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Directing Act 1 Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Directing Act 1 Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet


In order to present Act 1 Scene 5 on stage I will divide this scene
into seven sections and discuss the setting of the stage, costume of
the characters, the movement of the actors on stage and the overall
impact of these on the audience.

In this scene Capulet welcomes his guests to the ball and encourages
them to dance. Some of the ladies are a bit shy and Capulet teases
them that if they don't dance people will think that they've got corns
on their feet. He tells the musicians to play and the servants to
clear the tables out of the way. Then he and an elderly relative sit
watching the dancers and reminisce about the last time the two of them
danced like this. Romeo catches sight of Juliet. Romeo is stunned by
Juliet's beauty. Tybalt sees Romeo and recognises him as a Montague.
He becomes very angry but Capulet orders him not to do anything.
Tybalt protests but Capulet is firm. Tybalt leaves, muttering that he
will not forget what has happened. Romeo approaches Juliet and speaks
to her for the first time. They kiss. The nurse interrupts with a
message that Juliet's mother wishes to speak to her. Romeo asks the
nurse who Juliet is and learns that she is a Capulet. The guests begin
to leave. Juliet sends her nurse to discover Romeo's name. She is
dismayed to learn the he is a Montague. They then, too, leave.


Actors

1st Servingman - David Boreanaz

2nd Servingman - Gary Lucy

3rd Servingman - Daniel Radcliffe

4th Servingman - Tom Felton

Capulet - Al Pacino

Cousin Capulet - Robert de Niro

Tybalt - Jakie Chan

Nurse - Kacey Ainsworth

Benvolio - Matt le Blanc

Juliet - Catherine-Zeta Jones

Romeo - Keanu Reeves

Section 1

Set - in a modern kitchen, there are drawers all the way around and a
gas in the middle. The floor is made out of marble and light colours.

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The drawers are metallic and there is cutlery hanging off the gas that
is in the center of the kitchen.

Actors - the head servingman is David Boreanaz who stars as Angel in
the TV series angel. I chose him because he likes to order everyone
about. Gary Lucy, Daniel Radcliffe and Tom Felton are also servingmen
who do as they are told. Gary Lucy is the waiter who goes around
offering everyone drinks. Daniel Radcliffe is the third seringman and
he is better known as Harry Potter. I chose him because he could use
his magical powers, as being a wizard, to make the food and if
anything goes wrong you can count on him to make it all better. My
last servingman would have to be Tom Felton who is also a wizard and
known as Draco Malfoy in the film 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers
Stone'. Tom Felton has the worst job of all which is cleaning up any
mess, but its not a problem for him since he is a wizard and has
magical powers. David Boreanaz makes sure everything is in order and
everyone is doing what he is supposed to.

Costume - all the servingmen apart from the head servingman are
wearing large chef hats, black checked trousers, white tops and white
aprons with a small pouch on the front.

The head servingman is wearing a plain black suit, white shirt and a
black tie.

Movement - the head servingman is walking around the kitchen and
asking the other servingmen questions. The other three are working. At
first there is only the head servingman talking to the second
servingman, then the second servingman goes out and the third and
fourth servingmen come in.

Lines - the head servingman talks in a very high tone, especially when
he asks where Potpan is. The other three reply to him politely because
they are scared of him.

Gestures - the head servingman has an angry face and the other three
apart from the fourth servingman who pulls a face, smile whilst they
are talking to the head servingman.

Direction - the servingmen are talking to each other over the gas,
which is in the center of the stage, so the audience can see their
side view. When the seringman comes in at the start he is facing
directly to the audience asking for Potpan.

Section 2

Set - this scene is set in the main room (living room). There are
decorations around the room. The floor is floor boarded and there are
portraits around the room also. There is one table that is at the back
of the stage, which consists of food and drink. On the right hand side
of the stage there are the musicians and of the left hand side there
are chairs where Capulet and cousin Capulet are seated.

Actors - in this scene there is only Capulet and cousin Capulet. I
decided my Capulet to be Al Pacino because he has quite a long part
and Al Pacino would be good for it as he has been one of the main
actors in many films. I chose cousin Capulet to be Robert de Niro
because he is quite old.

Costume - Capulet and cousin Capulet are both wearing tuxedos, which
are white. They are also wearing top hats. Capulet wears a tie but
cousin Capulet doesn't. They are both wearing light coloured shirts.

Movement - Capulet goes round the room and greets everybody but cousin
Capulet goes and sits down.

Lines - Capulet says 'Welcome, gentlemen!' very cheerfully, but cousin
Capulet sounds very grumpy while he says the line 'Berlady, thirty
years'.

Gestures - Capulet goes around to everybody with a smile and cousin
Capulet neither has a smile nor looks sad either.

Direction - cousin Capulet faces the audience and Capulet either has
his back to the audience when he is greeting the guests or faces side
ways to the audience while talking to the ladies about them not
dancing and people thinking that they have corns on their feet.

Section 3

Set - it is still in the same setting and in the same room.

Actors - Keanu Reeves who plays Romeo because he has a lot of
experience being the main actor. Tybalt is played by Jakie Chan
because Tybalt is a fighter and Jakie Chan also does fighting scenes
in her films.

Costumes - Romeo is wearing a black tuxedo, with a dark blue shirt and
a bow tie. Tybalt is wearing a short skirt, string top and large
boots.

Movement - Romeo stands still while talking about Juliet and asks the
servingman if he knows who she is but after the servingman replies he
goes off the stage and Tybalt comes in.

Lines - Romeo uses a lot of emotion when he says 'What lady's that
which doth enrich the hand Of yonder knight?' and while he is
describing Juliet. Tybalt is very angry when he realises that Romeo is
a Montague.

Gestures - Romeo's face looks like its just lightened up when he sees
Juliet and Tybalt's face has gone red because he is so angry at Romeo
as he is a Montague.

Direction - Romeo walks forward to the front of the stage so he is
facing directly to the audience when he talks about Juliet, but when
he asks if he knows who Juliet is to the servingman he looks at him
and walks towards the servingman. When Tybalt recognises Romeo as a
Montague he runs towards him while someone goes to get his dagger.

Section 4

Set - still set in the same room.

Actors - still only Capulet and Tybalt.

Costumes - Tybalt and Capulet are still in the same costumes.

Movement - Capulet approaches Tybalt.

Lines - Capulet explains to Tybalt calmly about not doing anything to
Romeo, but Tybalt is angry and asks what he doing at the party. He
protests and walks off.

Gestures - Tybalt is not very happy and Capulet stands there in
thought thinking whether Tybalt will do anything or not.

Direction - Romeo goes and sits down on his own on the seats on the
left hand side of the stage where cousin Capulet and Capulet were
sitting. Capulet is standing side ways to the audience and Tybalt
constantly looks at Romeo while speaking to Capulet.

Section 5

Set - in the hallway where there are a large set of staircase and
statues. It is quite dark in the room. The stairs are at the back of
the stage and the actors will be in front of them.

Actors - I chose Catherine - Zeta Jones to be Juliet because she is
familiar with these kinds of scenes. There is only Romeo and Juliet in
this scene.

Costumes - Juliet is wearing a stunning white dress and Romeo is still
in his black tuxedo.

Movement - Romeo approaches Juliet. Juliet is standing underneath the
staircase, which is in the back right hand corner of the stage. While
Romeo says his lines he walks around her, he stops and holds her
hands, he strokes her hair and leans forward to kiss her.

Lines - both Romeo and Juliet say their lines in a low soft tone which
makes this scene very romantic.

Gestures - they don't have any particular facial gestures while doing
this scene.

Direction - Romeo looks towards the audience occasionally while he
walks around Juliet and Juliet just looks towards Romeo whilst he
walks around her.

Section 6 Set - the start of this scene is set in the hallway but then
moves into a separate room when the nurse drags Juliet away, where it
is still dark.

Actors - Kacey Ainsworth who stars as Little Mo in Eastenders plays
the nurse's part. I chose her because she is very chatty like the
nurse. Matt le Blanc who stars in the TV series Friends plays
Benvolio. I chose him because he is also an actor in the programme,
and a very good one too.

Costume - Benvolio is wearing tight pants and a long shirt. He wears
green pants and a white top. The nurse is wearing a black slinky
dress.

Movements - the nurse runs into the hallway and drags Juliet into
another room. Juliet lets go of Romeo's hands and walks away still
looking back at him.

Lines - the nurse says her lines to Juliet urgently and speaks very
quickly. Romeo asks the nurse confusingly 'What is her mother?'
Benvolio says his lines in a high tone.

Gestures - the nurse is disgusted with what she has seen and Romeo is
disappointed and sad while he watches Juliet walk away with the nurse.

Direction - the audience only see the side view of Juliet but the
nurse and Romeo look at the audience while saying their lines.

Section 7

Set - it is still in the same room where the party is but the actors
are in the front right hand corner talking.

Actors - only the nurse and Juliet are in this scene.

Costumes - they are all still in the same costumes.

Movements - the nurse is holding Juliet's arms and Juliet moves back
and starts walking around while talking to the nurse.

Lines - the nurse and Juliet are both angry and speak in a very high
tone. When Juliet says 'Come hither, nurse. What is yond gentlemen?'
she is very curious to find out who he is.

Gestures - Juliet is furious and the nurse tries to calm her down, but
then the nurse realises that there is no hope so she, too gets angry.

Direction - the nurse turns to whichever direction Juliet is facing.
Juliet walks across the front of the stage as if she is talking to the
audience.
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