Romeo and Juliet, directed by Jason Carmichael on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at The Hayworth Theater in Los Angeles, CA was simply brilliant. Coco Waters captivated the audience with her portrayal of Juliet. Cassia Hemenway appeared well beyond her years while displaying versatility and stage presence. Nine year-olds Francisco Orozco and Alastair Douglas-Baird did more than hold their own while working with youth that averaged fifteen years of age. Anthony Ramirez played a plethora of characters and DeAndre Caldwell-Feazell portrayed a fierce villain who was cool and calculated.
The “seasoned veteran” of the cast was fifteen year-old Al Douglas, who delivered a knockout lead performance as Romeo. Late addition Adrian Orozco blended in nicely, while Jarifari Brooks dazzled the audience with his humor and dance moves. Juan Escalante showed consistency and allowed the play to flow perfectly with his narratives and duo roles. Many observers suggested that Vaniah Hemenway should reconsider her pursuit of a basketball career and focus solely on acting and the theater was left mesmerized by Shontiera Screws’ dancing, combined with her fantastic acting. There was only ONE consensus at the Hayworth Theater last Saturday: encore!!!