image of a poster from Romeo and Juliet The Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance will present William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, opening February 12 in Westhoff Theatre.

 Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. February 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and at 2 p.m. February 14. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For tickets or information, contact the Center for the Performing Arts Box Office, open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at (309) 438-2535; or purchase tickets online by visiting

Romeo and Juliet, a story of young love, family feuds, and untimely death, is certainly one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. Written between 1594 and 1596, this play tells of two young lovers who defy their parents’ wishes in order to follow their own hearts. Unfortunately, the feud between their two families pervades the lovers’ lives too thoroughly to be escaped.

Assistant Professor Kevin Rich, who is also the artistic director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, directs the production. “Our production is fun and fast-paced, featuring live music and audience interaction,” says Rich. “It’s not a tragedy until the end.” School of Theatre and Dance faculty members Lori Adams and Kim Pereira join the cast to play Capulet and Friar Laurence. Illinois State alumnus Dave Krostal will play the part of Montague.