Kelli Griffin plays “Juliet” in OTE’s Shakespeare in the Hills‘ production of Romeo and Juliet opening July 28, 2017 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
The most challenging element of bringing this script to life is delving deep into
the words and understanding them well enough yourself that the message translates
clearly to the audience.
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
Our production brings a fresh perspective to this story in the way we tell it.
Setting the show in Alta California brings a new depth to the entirety of the show
and to the individual characters.
Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
Ryan Fredericks. Be there or be trapezoid (because nobody really likes trapezoids).
How is this character like you? Different?
I think Juliet and I are similar because we are both strong, sassy, independent
people that are filled with passion and drive. We are different in that Juliet goes
to a very great extent for a guy and rushes into things, whereas I am a lot more
rational and levelheaded.
What do you love about this character?
I love the way that Juliet loves her life. She is fearless and is not afraid to go
for what she wants. Juliet isn’t shy and she is not your “typical ingénue”.
What do you hate about this character?
I hate the common perception and stigma of Juliet. People so often see her as weak,
unintelligent, and impractical, but ignore the strength she shows and her cleverness
and the reality that she brings.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
The biggest challenge for me is definitely taking the lines and bringing them to
life. Memorizing the lines is one thing, but interpreting them is a whole new game.
Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“If I do so, it will be of more price being spoke behind your back than to your
If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
Mercutio, because she (he) is so sarcastic and witty.
When did you first perform?
I started actually performing at age nine, but I had done little performances and
choir shows at church from a very young age.
What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Hanging out with all of my friends at Disneyland!
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
The Diary of Anne Frank
Kelli Griffin is overjoyed to be playing the role of Juliet in OTE’s
production of Romeo and Juliet. Ever since she was a little girl, she has
been enamored with theatre and this little thing we call “show business”.
She would like to thank her director Aurora for her constant support,
encouragement, and for this wonderful opportunity. She would also like to
thank her parents and theatre family for all of their love. Lastly, she
would like to thank her lovely cast mates for all of the hard work, time
and energy they have poured into this show. Enjoy!
This summer’s Shakespeare in the Hills production transports the well-loved story of Romeo and Juliet to 1845 and the conflicted world of Alta California. With sword fights, immersive staging, and a blend of comedy and tragedy, this production for all ages is not to be missed!
Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for Shakespeare in the Hills’ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions (www.otetheatre.com). All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.
Performances @ 7pm, July 28th & 29th; August 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration). No refunds or transfers for this event. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event. Call 949-707-2680 for more information.
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